KTS Webinar #28: BIPOC Affinity Space

FREE Saturday, January 30, 2021 2:00 pm PST / 5:00 pm EST To convert this meeting to your timezone, please visit: https://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/ A BIPOC-only space for self-identified Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. This space will be held by Amani Dorn and Adi Cabral. With 90 minutes reserved, we invite our fellow voice and speech enthusiasts of all backgrounds to join in a conversation about this year’s webinar offerings, consider what the industry of voice and speech can do to support the needs of BIPOC voices, and dance and gurn together in a space that exclusively centers BIPOC voices. This […]

Uptalk?

I recently attended a two-day webinar devoted to transgender voice and communication training for voice clinicians. It was a fantastic experience, and I would recommend the training without hesitation. Even in a super-inclusive and culturally-sensitive environment, people are bound to put a foot in a mouth occasionally– we’re only human, and our implicit biases often slip under the radar. The workshop leaders acknowledged this at the outset, and called these slips “teaching moments”– opportunities to clarify our thinking and our language. At one point, someone said that they didn’t teach “uptalk” to trans women, because it wasn’t “assertive.” My cultural […]

Roots

I’ve been thinking a lot this fall about the roots of this work. Unitarian Universalists like to talk about roots and wings. Roots ground you, connect you to where you’ve come from and what’s important. They form your support system and give you structure, organization, stability, and sustenance. Wings carry you aloft. They are those things that inspire you, that lift you up and out into the world and into ever widening circles of possibility. Individuals, families, and communities all need both roots and wings to flourish and thrive[1]. I think rich, coherent bodies of work, like Knight-Thompson Speechwork, also […]