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VOICEwork 101 

for trans & non-binary 

youth and young adults

October 2020 and 2021
stand with trans
Detroit, Michigan

The pandemic won't stop us from developing new programming to help people achieve their vocal goals! Speaking directly to trans and non-binary youth via Zoom, this hourlong talk highlighted the importance of vocal discovery and resonance, of acknowledging biological versus socialized restraints, and of being proud of yourself and working with your voice as it changes. 




(SINCE JULY 2020) 

2020 saw unprecedented changes in the way we learn and gather. At its core, TrueVoice prioritizes the safety and sustainability of our participants and their expression, and so in keeping with those values, we adapted the way this work was able to reach those in need. Piloted in July 2020 for Los Angeles LGBT Center's Trans*Lounge, TrueVoice At Home combines information and led exercises capable of reaching large groups a la webinar format (much larger, in fact, than was possible in person - 90 people registered for the subsequent September 2020 webinar!), Q & A sessions, and individual vocal instruction sessions and application for clients, based on the producing organization's needs. 

models of pride 2019

youth conference

September 2019

La City college

Two-Day Seminars for 

t*M, t*F and non-binary participants

April 2019

one iowa

Iowa city, ia


Trans*Feminine, trans*Masculine and


TrueVoice was given its first group class environment opportunity at Trans*Lounge, the nation's foremost transgender community support and education program housed in the Los Angeles LGBT Center's The Village at Ed Gould Plaza. Trans*Lounge itself has approximately 1,000 participants and the first cycle of the class booked to capacity within 24 hours of being released for enrollment. All versions of this class consistently book to enrollment capacity and are rated highest of all courses offered at Trans*Lounge. 

sessions ongoing

(since February 2018)

Trans*lounge, la LGBT center

Los Angeles, cA

private client sessions

since september 2017

TrueVoice was created to address a need Ryland saw to equip the trans community with a new means of access to the voice, and, so, to a means of fuller expression in the world. Contemporary society has plenty of opportunities for trans people to be seen  - in movies, on television, on runways and with increasing visibility in everyday life. But it's not enough to be seen. Their stories need to be heard, person to person. And confidence in one's voice - confidence that your voice represents truth, self, identity - is essential to getting those stories out into the world. 

Ryland has been teaching this curriculum privately since the program's inception in September of 2017. 

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