Advocating for the inclusion and acceptance of the LGBTQ+ individuals in the field of CSD and society are central to our mission. Here, you will find information and action items to advocate for the needs of LGBTQ+ CSD students, professionals, and clients.

Advocacy In Action: How to Support Transgender People in Your State

Connor Mahon, LGBTQ+ CSD Student Association President, shares why SLPs and SLP students can be strong advocates for the rights of transgender and gender diverse people, and ways to advocate at the state, local, and institutional levels. Read their article in the National NSSLHA Blog, available online.

Stop Discrimination in CSD Petition

Sign the petition to stop discriminatory practices in CSD. Read the LGBTQ+ CSDSA’s official endorsement. Early this year, we shared a petition requesting the reinstatement of gender affirming voice services at Brigham Young University, where they were abruptly terminated. We were pleased at the quick response from ASHA condemning this decision. However, despite comments suggesting…

In opposition to the Unethical Termination of Services to Transgender Clients at BYU Speech and Language Clinic

In January of 2022, it became known that leadership at Brigham Young University (BYU) forced their Communication Disorders Department to cease services for transgender individuals at their Speech & Hearing Clinic. This went against the will of faculty, including the department head. Gender affirming voice services can be critical for overcoming dysphoria and improving quality…