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Speak For Yourself: The Power Of Trans Voices

Not everyone who is trans wants to change their voice. Some do. Either way, what do the voices - the actual voices - of trans and non-binary people tell you about who they are?

Today, you’ll meet a trans woman whose work adapting her voice led her to help others. Also, hear from a transfemme non-binary yoga teacher who uses Vedic Chanting to feel centered, and to feel closer to their voice. You’ll hear from members of a choir in the bay area that is exclusively for singers who self-identify as transgender, intersex, or gender-queer.

And you’ll get to know Lucia Lucas. She's the first female baritone to perform a principal role on an American operatic stage, and she happens to be trans.

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  • Ama-Rose Wootan teaches vocal feminization and masculinization, and helps run a Discord community called Scinguistics
  • Reuben Zellman is the Founder and Director of New Voices Bay Area choir
  • Lene Kristian Bryngemark and Jasmine Gee are singers in New Voices Bay Area
  • Río Amaniis a transfemme nonbinary afro latine puerto rican native living in Denver, who is has been practicing Vedic Chanting for 9 years
  • Lucia Lucas is an American opera singer living and performing in Germany. She is transgender, and the first female baritone to inhabit a principal role on an American operatic stage

Jessica Severin de Martinez and Catie Talarski contributed to this show.

Special thanks to Hilary Weissberg. She’s a Speech-Language Pathologist based in Old Saybrook CT, who suggested we explore this topic.

Chion Wolf is the host of Audacious with Chion Wolf on Connecticut Public, featuring conversations with people who have uncommon or misunderstood experiences, conditions, or professions.

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