The Role of Cultural Competence in Serving Transgender Populations Recent research indicates that our professions could improve in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) cultural competency. As indicated by Turner, Wilson, and Shirah's (2006)  model of cultural competency, one can begin by increasing knowledge of transgender (TG) culture and improving sensitivity and attitudes foundational to serving these populations appropriately. ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2015
The Role of Cultural Competence in Serving Transgender Populations
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Article   |   March 01, 2015
The Role of Cultural Competence in Serving Transgender Populations
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2015, Vol. 25, 37-42. doi:10.1044/vvd25.1.37
History: Received December 1, 2014 , Revised December 9, 2014 , Accepted December 10, 2014
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2015, Vol. 25, 37-42. doi:10.1044/vvd25.1.37
History: Received December 1, 2014; Revised December 9, 2014; Accepted December 10, 2014

Recent research indicates that our professions could improve in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) cultural competency. As indicated by Turner, Wilson, and Shirah's (2006)  model of cultural competency, one can begin by increasing knowledge of transgender (TG) culture and improving sensitivity and attitudes foundational to serving these populations appropriately. This article sheds light on the factors influencing quality of life for many TG people, including voice. Readers are encouraged to include appropriate measures of voice-related quality of life in treatment outcomes and are provided with suggestions for developing LGBT cultural competency.

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