Trans*Vocal: Documenting Gender Subjectivity Through Changing Vocality

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Larose, Meghan Beth




Through my subjectivity as a non-binary, trans* vocalist, I am acutely aware of the sounds I have been enculturated to produce. Drawing on theories of vocality (Eidsheim 2019; Azul 2015), transition (Constansis 2013; Constansis and Foteinou 2017), and improvisation (Caines 2021), I analyze the relationship between voice and perceptions of gender by exploring the concept of transition as it is performed by my voice during the first seven and a half months of testosterone treatment (mid-June 2021 - January 2022). I contextualize my experience within historical and medical notions of gender and examine it through autoethnographic methods and creating an experimental music video, Trans*Vocal. I open up and make myself vulnerable in the hope that greater knowledge of trans* experience will bring appreciation for "non-normal" vocalizations. I aim to problematize our current language surrounding gender, voice, and transition and depict transition as a natural part of anyone's vocal journey.


Gender Studies
Cultural Anthropology




Carleton University

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