TRANS VOICE INITIATIVE
Training, Community, and Advocacy
by and for Gender Diverse Speech-Language Pathologists
TVI AT A GLANCE
The field of Speech-Language Pathology urgently needs highly skilled and intersectional leadership of transgender and/or non-binary individuals, particularly in the area of Gender Affirming Voice. Given their lived experiences, trans people are more fully equipped to provide nuanced and culturally humble care to other members of the transgender community. However, oppression and inequitable access to resources, education and training opportunities, particularly in the voice specialty means that very few trans and or non-binary people are gaining access to this highly specialized training.
Trans Voice Initiative seeks to shift this dynamic through the provision of high quality voice training, particularly as it relates to gender-affirming voice training. While this training is initially only for trans and/or nonbinary individuals, the greater field will benefit immensely from the highly skilled leadership emerging from this project. Our goal is to continue to open the gates for intersectional trans leadership in the field of Speech-Language Pathology, and ultimately drastically improve the quality of care to the transgender community.
BUILDING SKILLS & COMMUNITY
Mission: Our mission is to center, strengthen and amplify transgender and gender diverse leadership in the field of gender affirmative voice training and Speech-Language Pathology
Trans Voice Initiative (TVI) is a volunteer organization of transgender, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming speech-language pathologists, (who also may be voice teachers, and vocologists) who want to create a safe space for TGNC speech-language pathologists to grow their skills and knowledge in gender-affirmative voice and communication. This collaborative space includes classes and skillshares throughout the year on different topics pertaining to gender affirmative voice and communication.
With our organization’s mission always in mind, we strive to find new ways to lift each other up and open doors to build a better future our our field. Advocacy is something that we take very seriously, and our team is working across a variety of platforms, communities and approaches to advocate for increased opportunities for trans and gender diverse practitioners. Contact us to learn more about how to get involved in this cause.