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Would you agree that health care is a right, not a privilege?


The transgender community has experienced significant societal recognition in the last few years. Dramatic and reality TV shows have hit the small screen with huge ratings and viewership. Celebrities have come-out as trans. The Obama Administration has put measures in place prohibiting discrimination against transgender federal employees. Our president also named the first openly transgender political appointee, and he was the first president to use the word “transgender” in a speech.


Just a few years ago, the GLAAD/Harris Interactive poll reported that only 8% of Americans say they personally know someone who is transgender. Since all the current positive and not so positive news stories that have exploded onto news channels and social media, and since Caitlyn Jenner’s coming out last year, hardly a day goes by where we don’t hear a story about a transgender person.


In a 2015 HRC (Human Rights Campaign) survey, 66 percent of people who said they know a transgender individual expressed favorable feelings toward them—compared with 13 percent of people who don’t have trans friends, co-workers, or family members.


Yet, supportive, caring and knowledgeable health care systems still lack a basic understanding what it means to be transgender, what gender dysphoria really is and how it is NOT a mental illness. Transgender people are NOT getting the care they need.


Kelley Winters chats with Kathe Perez about WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health) 2011 Standard’s of Care, about the updated ICD -10 codes (medical diagnostic coding), DSCM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders changes, and trans children and youth.

This podcast was adapted from a video interview. CLICK HERE to see the video.

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Kathe Perez



Confidence in ourselves can mean a world of difference between a woman who is able to live her dreams and one who is not. One of the ways we develop confidence and a strong sense of ourselves is to have a support network. We, as women, need a solid foundation upon which to stand. Who are the women that make up your base? Mentoring is essential in helping you push aside that negative self-talk and replace with a strong focus on the woman you really are. Who are your mentors and role models?


In this podcast, Kathe and her two daughters, Shannon and Meghann share how they define themselves as powerful women and how they express their power in the world.

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Poadcast #2 powerful women

How do we demonstrate power and femininity with our voices?

In Exceptional Voice’s second podcast, our host Melissa Kurrle looks at the key elements that are found in powerful voices and how we can maintian our power without sacrificing our femininity.

To read the All Things Considered story mentioned, CLICK HERE to go to the story.

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Catching Snowflakes

We are each our own perfect snowflake — your heart, your soul, your voice is uniquely your own.


Melissa Kurrle is a member of our Exceptional Voice team and will be hosting our podcasts.  The first podcast – You are your own perfect snowflake is authored by Kathe Perez, Speech-Language Pathologist and co-creator of Eva, the world’s first transgender voice training mobile app.

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