On the varied and complex factors affecting gender diverse people's vocal situations: Implications for clinical practice Academic Article uri icon


  • Gender diverse people who do not or do not only identify with the gender category assigned to them at birth may experience various difficulties with their vocal communication. In this paper, I will explore the different needs and expectations with regards to professional voice support in this population and outline the implications for clinical practice. In my discussion, I will draw on an understanding of gender diverse people's vocal situations that is informed by constructionist theories of gender and by changes to the conceptualization of gender diversity included in the seventh version of the Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender-Nonconforming People (Coleman et al., 2012). This theoretical perspective calls attention to a range of factors voice clinicians need to consider when planning and implementing intervention with gender diverse people. The most important of these factors are the client's subjective gender positioning or identity, the client's preferences for and against treatment options, and the extent to which the different treatment options can be regarded as suitable for developing the client's vocal gender presentation and improving the agreement between how the client wishes to be perceived and addressed in terms of gender and the gender attributions the client receives from others.

publication date

  • 2015