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  • Tallulah Breslin, MS, CCC-SLP

Gender Affirming Voice Training, Simplified

Do you get confused when you hear so many different terms for voice and communication training for transgender and gender diverse people? Read on to learn more about gender affirming voice training!

Voice sex

  • Voice sex is how much first-puberty testosterone exposure it sounds like someone has had

  • We perceive four different voice sexes: man, woman, unclear, and fluid

  • Voice sex changes with puberty

  • Vocal weight, resonance, pitch, and their interplay with breath and consistency are the primary ways listeners code voice sex

  • Human brains are lazy- we code voice sex in less than a second, and after that just want everything we hear to affirm our initial coding

Voice gender

  • Voice gender is the gendered patterns someone speaks with

  • We perceive two-binary voice genders, and others outside the binary: masculine, feminine, distinctly non-gendered, unclear, and fluid

  • Voice gender does not change with puberty

  • Voice gender varies by where you were raised

  • Accent, language, pronunciation, body language, emphasis, and pitch patterns all contribute to how listeners code voice gender

  • Perceived voice gender can be congruent or incongruent with perceived voice sex

Voice sex and voice gender can both be changed, in any combination!


We wanted to show virtual voice training for this, so Madelynne and Tallulah shared the happy moment Madelynne realized she couldn't speak in her old voice anymore :)


Harmonic Speech helps people love their voice! Please reach out to learn more: www.harmonicspeech.com/gendervoice

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