The acronym LGBTQIA+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual, with the plus symbol recognizing non-cisgender and non-straight identities. As this article by Out Right International notes, the terms and definitions for the LGBTQIA+ community continue to change and evolve. They may also mean different things to different people, so the best approach to using these terms, especially with individuals, is simply to ask. What would they prefer you to use?
Representation of LGBTQIA+ communities in the media has historically been negative and harmful, and there have been attacks on the community that have been downright dangerous. 2021 was recently dubbed the worst year for LGBTQ state legislative attacks, and early 2022 has already seen Republican lawmakers introduce measures to target trans and nonbinary youths.
In the midst of challenges, the calls for inclusion and action are driving steps forward for positive and authentic LGBTQIA+ representation. In February 2022, Apple announced a non-binary voice option for Siri and confirmed it had been voiced by a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. The Netflix film Mitchell vs. the Machines featured a leading queer character, Katie Mitchell, voiced by Abbi Jacobson. There continues to be a call for more representation and authenticity.
As a collective of voiceover artists who look and sound like America today, the roster of talent at Blue Wave Voiceover are extremely passionate about creating safer, more inclusive spaces for voice actors and people who identify anywhere along the beautifully diverse spectrums of gender, sexuality, and expression. We are proud to support and feature professional voiceover talents that identify as LGBTQIA+ and provide authentic and genuine deliveries in their natural voices and styles.
Whether you’re looking to work with a professional voiceover artist on projects such as an animated series, video game, radio spot, corporate training or eLearning materials and more, you’ll find a roster of voiceover talent at Blue Wave Voiceover who can help bring your project to life. Each voiceover artist is equipped with professional studio set-ups and state-of-the-art equipment to deliver a high quality product that you can use right away. They record in their at-home recording studios, using sound isolation booths like StudioBricks and Whisper Rooms, so that you don’t need to factor in a commute time, coordinate studio schedules, or pay for renting studio space.
The professional voiceover actors at Blue Wave Voiceover record their voiceovers using high-quality microphones and recording equipment including the Neumann U87 and Sennheiser MK-416, Neumann TLM-103, Audio-Technica AT4040, Warm Audio WA87, or Rode NT-1 to make sure the files you receive meet (and exceed!) your highest standards.
If reaching this community is important to you, we are available to help! Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll help you throughout the casting process from start to finish.