UTEP Program Helps Transgender People With Voice Change

Andi Tiscareño and her mother.

The University of Texas at El Paso is assisting those who are transitioning with free voice modification help.

Participants work one-on-one with members of the speech-language pathology program to raise or lower their voice’s pitch, according to the El Paso Herald-Post. Already 18 people participated in the services since it opened in 2016, including UTEP mechanical engineering student Andi Tiscareño.

“Whenever I’d go through drive-thrus or I’d be on the phone, I’d be called ‘sir’ rather than ‘ma’am’ and it would always depress me,” Tiscareño said. “I’m hardly ever misgendered anymore.” 

Currently, 16 speech-language pathology graduate students work with the director of UTEP’s Voice Brain and Language Lab Patricia Lara and Clinical Supervisor Deena Peterson.

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