One aspect of social transition is changing speech to present a more masculine, feminine or androgynous gender expression.
Many people interested in a more feminine vocal presentation choose to work on their own or with a speech therapist for vocal and speech training. There are also some surgical options, but these are not covered by MSP in BC.
THiP offers a free program called Changing Keys for BC residents. Changing Keys is an intensive speech and voice training program which is offered in a group format. It consists of a private speech/voice evaluation and the group therapy program itself. Some of the speech and voice parameters we work with include speaking pitch, vocal inflections, voice quality, vocal resonance and speech sound articulation. We discuss but do not work directly with other aspects of communication such as gestures, facial expressions, word choice, laughing, listening behaviours and turn taking in conversation.
Download the information sheet and application form.
Completed application forms should be sent to THiP.
Testosterone and the singing voice
Testosterone lowers the voice by thickening and lengthening the vocal folds/cords. Some people have concerns about the effects of testosterone on the singing voice. Little research has been done on this topic, however some people report good results with a slow introduction of testosterone than mimics the rate of testosterone increasing in puberty of cisgender males. If you are concerned about the effects of testosterone on your voice, talk with your primary care provider.
Recently Published Document for Voice and Communication Professionals
Voice and Communication Change in Gender Non-Conforming Individuals: Giving Voice to the Person Inside. This WPATH document provides foundations for clinical practice by reviewing the evidence and offering suggestions for developing goals and protocols. Available for free download here