TheImproper was the first to raise the issue June 3, in an article about Caitlyn jumping out of the closet and into a new television reality series.
Caitlyn has come a long way in her transition, but IM noted then that she needed to do something about her voice. Caitlyn said she noticed the problem herself during her ESPYs Awards speech last week.
“It was a little difficult for me to watch myself,” she confessed.
“While I felt like I looked great and that the gown looked fabulous, I still have a voice issue.It’s not quite right compared to my feminine appearance. That bothers me a little bit,” she adds.
Caitlyn isn’t the only transgender female to encounter the problem, and it’s no small thing.
“If you speak in a male voice, not only will there be incongruity between your voice and appearance, but it will tend to make people relate to us more as drag queens and crossdressers—an image we need to get away from,” writes transgender Tara on her blog.
According to medical references, hormones won’t do the trick. It is possible to have a surgical procedure that will alter your voice, but the surgery is risky and not always successful. It involves shortening the vocal chords.
So what to do? “Practice, practice, practice,” writes Tara.
And that’s what Caitlyn did for her speech. “I practiced, and practiced, and practiced, and practiced to make sure I’d nail it… For me to go out in front of a group like that and to do the whole thing off of the teleprompter was huge,” she said.
Of course, going through a sex change operation will also make a difference. Bruce has yet to take that step. Another high-profile transgender, fashion model Andreja Pejic, changed her voice dramatically following her sex change. Listen to it here.
Kathe Perez, a speech language pathologist, designed what’s known as the Eva app. It helps transgender men and women who want to raise or lower the pitch of their voice.
It uses a series of breathing and pitch exercises designed to help train their voice and ear, according to Perez, who is transgender.
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