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TrueVoice (Trans* Feminine Edition) - Using Musical Technique to Attain Your True Vocal Range

Trans* Lounge

Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 12:00 PM - Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 4:00 PM (PST)

TrueVoice (Trans* Feminine Edition) - Using Musical...

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Free and cultivate your feminine voice, without strain or affectation! The organic possibilities for your voice - beyond the hormonal or social constraints that have been put upon it to this point - are truly amazing and can be accessed at any point in your transition. Join vocal coach Ryland Shelton for an in-depth, two-day workshop on range expansion, resonance exploration, consistency and sustainability toward a voice that more completely expresses your feminine identity.

TrueVoice is a vocal development program, designed specifically for individuals in the trans/GNC/ENBY community, that utilizes vocal music technique to safely and conscientiously develop aspects of your given instrument to achieve the voice that aligns with your self-identified gender. TrueVoice has feminine, masculine and non-binary editions available; you are invited to register for whichever of the editions best suit your vocal goals.

This amazing program; which began as a 6-part lab has been streamlined and condensed into a 2-part, intensive weekend workshop. The class begins with a simple statement of goals. Simply masculinizing or feminizing the voice is not our primary interest; our goal together is to unlock the voice that is yours, that you hear when you think of yourself. From there, we use musical instruction technique to safely stretch the boundaries of clients’ vocal ranges. By using the unique connection our brains have with music as opposed to the connection they have with speech, entirely new possibilities with regard to using the voice open up.

Although we do use music technique in this work, this is not a performance class. This course is designed to supplement and build on top of speech therapy work that clients have taken on. Our goal is to discover new possibilities and to lay the groundwork for creating new habits that support an everyday speaking voice that is unapologetic, confident, expressive, and 100% you. Our goal is to find your true voice.

NOTE: There is a lot of information offered in this class, so we encourage you to take notes to get the most out of this class. You can use pad & paper, voice memo apps, etc. Whatever is most comfortable for you!


Instructor: Ryland Shelton

Lab Meeting Schedule: Saturday & Sunday, November 9 & 10
Course Meeeting Times:  12 - 4 p.m. 
Location: The Village at Ed Gould Plaza 

Enrollment closes at 3 pm on Friday, November 8 

FREE Bus Tokens for Trans* Lounge Members


For those that use public transportation to attend Trans* Lounge classes and social events, we are now able to offer you FREE bus tokens. We're aware the tokens are being phased out, but they will still be accepted through November 28, 2019. So for the time being, if you are joining us for a Trans* Lounge class or event and need tokens, just drop us a line at or 323-860-7336 and we can reimburse you for your trip.

Have questions about TrueVoice (Trans* Feminine Edition) - Using Musical Technique to Attain Your True Vocal Range? Contact Trans* Lounge

When & Where

The Los Angeles LGBT Center's Village at Ed Gould Plaza
1125 N. McCadden Pl.
Los Angeles , CA 90038

Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 12:00 PM - Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 4:00 PM (PST)

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Trans* Lounge

The Trans Lounge is a trailblazing new series of educational and empowerment workshops, labs, events and groups aimed at serving the needs of all transgender individuals in all aspects of their journey toward self-discovery and acceptance.

Trans Lounge programming will include: make-up classes, hairstyling classes, voice-feminization labs, coming out groups, trans-related legal workshops, personal growth and empowerment workshops, community building networking events, issue-driven discussion labs and other many other events, all of which are relevant to all aspects of the trans community.

How will the Trans Lounge work?
Unlike other education and empowerment themed programs, the Trans Lounge will depend upon its participants to determine and guide which programming is offered. To accomplish this, participants must first register as a member of the Trans Lounge by visiting our online hub at Becoming a member of the Trans Lounge is free to all trans-identified individuals who wish to join. 

Once registered, Trans Lounge member will have access to the Trans Lounge Members Only area within the Center’s website. That is where members will find descriptions and information about our library free workshops, labs groups and events. Once there, members are asked to review all of the various programs and rate them all based on their level of interest. Member’s interest rating options will range from: “Not Interested”, “Maybe/Maybe Not”, “Moderately Interested”, to “Very Interested – Sign Me Up.” Trans Lounge administrators will monitor all the member ratings and will use this data to determine which programs will be scheduled in order to meet the membership’s greatest needs and interests.

At this point, administrators will contact the instructors to schedule those programs that the membership has expressed the greatest interest in. Programming dates/times will be determined based on instructor’s availability as well as the member’s availability guidelines (which they are asked to provide as part of the registration process). Once a program has been scheduled, those members who expressed the highest level of interest will be given first priority to RSVP/enroll in the program. Once those members have had time to RSVP (72-hours), the entire membership will be informed about the program and all other members will be able to enroll until the program reaches its enrollment maximum.

All workshops and labs will be programmed in this manner, so to ensure strong attendance and maximum utilization of what each program has to offer for the membership. This also ensures that our instructors will enjoy presenting their programs for optimal sized audiences.

In addition, the Trans Lounge will also present on-going social and support groups and short-term, topic-driven salons. Groups and salons will include: coming out to self, coming out to the one’s we love, living with HIV-AIDS, embracing your femininity/masculinity, embracing faith, how to love and support the non-trans people we love and support, how T can build community with LGB people, etc.

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