Your gender identity and presentation clearly involves very personal exploration of where along the gender spectrum you see yourself. Though the gender binary (masculine vs. feminine) limits the expectations of effective communication in our society, you can work with varying degrees and combinations of feminine vs. masculine speech/voice features to create a unique communication profile, whether the goal is more feminine, more masculine, both, or neither. In fact, most people, transgender or cisgender, communicate with a variety of feminine, masculine, overlapping, or gender-neutral speech/voice features every day. I help you to understand what masculine vs. feminine speech/voice norms do exist, determine where you are and where you want/need to be, and train you in those speaking behaviors that help you be effective. I am a facilitator for empowering you to express yourself not only in an authentic and effective way, but also, should you choose, in a way that challenges societal concepts of what it means to be feminine, masculine, both, neither, or other. Viva la gender variance! Please refer to the feminine voice and masculine voice pages of this website to get a sense of gender norms and how they may or may not apply to you.
We all have various forms of identity related to gender, socioeconomic class, profession, ethnicity, age, etc. Try to identify in which contexts gender plays more of a role vs. other identities you have. It often relates to who you are around, what is happening, and how everyone is expected to relate to one another.
Consider other people’s voices to explore what you would like or not like for yourself.