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

Trans* Lounge

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

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

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TrueVoice is a vocal development program, designed specifically for individuals in the trans/gender non-conforming 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. 
This new and exciting 6-part lab begins with a simple statement of goals. 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: The instructor has decided that to best serve the students in this workshop, each series of classes will focus on either masculine or feminine vocal ranges. Please make note of which edition of the class is being offered at this time. 


Instructor: Ryland Shelton

Lab Meeting Schedule: Tuesday, May 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5 & 12
Course Meeeting Times:  7 - 8:30 p.m. 
Location: Room 135, The Village at Ed Gould Plaza 

Enrollment closes at 5 pm on Monday, May 7




As you are aware, the Center is undertaking a large construction project to build affordable intergenerational housing for LGBT youth & seniors. During this project, parking will no longer be available at the Village. To accommodate all those who use the Village, we are offering parking at the Center’s Highland Youth Center at 1220 Highland Ave., just one block from the Village. See map below.


Designated parking spaces have been reserved for you and your fellow students in the Youth Center parking lot. See map below.

Please note that these spots are on a FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED basis. If you arrive after the start of your class and our section of the lot is full, YOU WILL NEED TO EXIT THE LOT AND FIND STREET PARKING. Below are instructions from our facilities staff on parking at Highland…

Arriving at the Youth Center: 
Student must enter the lot from the Highland Ave. entrance. See image below. 

There is a note on the callbox at the Highland gate that has the number to the security desk. That number is 323-860-3701. When you arrive, you must call the security desk number from your personal cell phone, (the keypad on the callbox does not work). The Security Officer on duty will come out and use the remote to open the gate. IF there is no answer, the Officer may have stepped away from the desk – please be patient and try again.

Returning to your vehicle following class:
To maintain the security and safety of all parties – the gates at Highland will always remain closed. All entry and exit should be through the Highland Gate. Be sure all guests have the security desk number (323-860-3701) and call the Security Officer on duty once again to gain access to the lot and your vehicle. 

This is something new for all of us. We appreciate your patience as we navigate these new procedures and please know that we are doing all we can to continue to make your time at the Center a fun and fulfilling experience. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this situation, you can contact me at 323-860-7336 or

Thank you for your continued support of the Center and we look forward to seeing you in class!



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When & Where

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

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

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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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