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Clinical Aspects of Transgender Speech Feminization and Masculinization

By Shelagh Davies and Joshua M. Goldberg, 2008

Societal norms of speech, voice, and non-verbal communication are often strongly gendered. For transgender individuals who experience a mismatch between existing communication behaviours and felt sense of self, changes to the gendered aspects of communication can help reduce gender dysphoria, improving mental health and quality of life. While peer resources are often beneficial in changing overall appearance and presentation, speech and voice modification is best facilitated by a trans-competent speech professional. In this article we review clinical research relating to transgender speech and voice change and discuss clinical protocols for trans-specific assessment, treatment, and outcome evaluation. KEYWORDS: Transgender, speech, voice, gender transition, gender dysphoria

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