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date: 20 October 2019

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There has been a consistent interest in how people perform gender vocally. An under-utilized source of insight into the vocal presentation of self can be found in the passing guides transgender people circulate amongst themselves that analyze how cisgender people perform gender through the voice. This chapter uses transgender passing guides, feminist sociolinguistics, and vocal pedagogy literature to present a consolidated set of tools to analyze the construction of normative gender vocal performance. After presenting these tools, the chapter then uses them to analyze the musical performances of cisgender artists trying to pass as a different gender, cisgender queer artists twisting those vocal norms in order to make themselves audible as queer, and cisgender artists trying to pass as their own gender.

Keywords: transgender, vocal performance, passing guides, queer, cisgender, gender

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