Thursday, April 10, 2014

I post this here for many reasons, which I shall now list:

  1. It’s funny.
  2. It’s funny for me to imagine you wincing as you listen.
  3. I get all the lyrics wrong and mix them up with the Google Translated version.
  4. I hadn’t heard this song since this morning, yet except for the (many) parts where I get pitchy, I freaking nailed the key. Even harmonizes with the album release. My choir training is still intact.
  5. I HIT THOSE FREAKING NOTES. SOMETIMES. It sounds annoying as hell, because I’m doing mega-nasal-falsetto to hit them, but I hit them, and I’m SECOND BASS. That is the LOWEST bass. I was the lowest bass in choir. That highest note is shaky as hell but for me it’s a victory. That used to be literally IMPOSSIBLE for me.
  6. This is the kind of goofing off I do to stretch my voice and keep it sounding how I want. This kind of playing around was how I got my voice in the first place. So for all you trans women out there doing voice training, don’t be afraid to sound ridiculous, like I do in this audio clip, while practicing. It PAYS OFF toward getting the actual voice you will use day-to-day. (Yes that one low voice at the end IS ALSO MINE, and it used to resonate even deeper. I used to believe I’d never have a voice that actually fit me. I was wrong!) It’s about stretching your voice within range and within reasonable limits, and while this kind of singing isn’t useful as an “actual” voice, it helps your vocal chords get used to using different muscles and gets you more used to using head voice. Though please, start with a less ridiculous song. Start small, and work your way up as you tone your vocal muscles.
  7. In an alternate universe (and literally in my dreams) I can hit these notes naturally and they resonate with beauty. In this life, I can at least goof around and make people giggle, and in doing so, feel less self-conscious about the voice I do have at my disposal.

And also listen to an alto despair over the same notes. (original vid taken down for copyright :P)

BE GOOFY AND CONFIDENT AND ROCK THE WORLD EVEN IF ITS WEIRD

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 Friday, November 29, 2013 Tuesday, November 19, 2013 Monday, October 7, 2013 Saturday, September 21, 2013
kay-is-for-kookie:

amydentata:

transdrescher:

amydentata:

hungerfaerie:

crying forever

Oh my god, the memories this brings up… Wrong puberty is torture

When I was child, the most horrifying thing was this girl telling me that I was going to get hair on my chest.

My voice dropping was so traumatic I don’t even remember it happening. I blocked it out along with a lot of other trauma.

My grandfather told me if I didn’t eat peas, I would never get any chest hair, like it was supposed to convince me to eat them. I avoided peas for like 3 years after that (I was quite young).
Pretty sure the wrong-puberty thing is a lot of why I don’t actually remember or associate with a lot about my past…

rememberwhenyoutried:

(TW self injury)
When my voice was dropping I had singing lessons to teach me how to use my beautiful new tenor voice in the choir. After every one I used to hide in my room and hurt myself.



entangledbrotons:

ugh back then i didn’t know i was uncomfortable with my assigned gender. but my first puberty was so unwelcome and so unwanted and really horrifying for me even though i didn’t consciously know why.


vorvayne:
I remember being 9 years old when I started getting breast buds and feeling so horrible and wrong I struggled to shower for years because I didn’t want to see myself naked.
My heart goes out to everyone.

kay-is-for-kookie:

amydentata:

transdrescher:

amydentata:

hungerfaerie:

crying forever

Oh my god, the memories this brings up… Wrong puberty is torture

When I was child, the most horrifying thing was this girl telling me that I was going to get hair on my chest.

My voice dropping was so traumatic I don’t even remember it happening. I blocked it out along with a lot of other trauma.

My grandfather told me if I didn’t eat peas, I would never get any chest hair, like it was supposed to convince me to eat them. I avoided peas for like 3 years after that (I was quite young).

Pretty sure the wrong-puberty thing is a lot of why I don’t actually remember or associate with a lot about my past…

rememberwhenyoutried:

(TW self injury)

When my voice was dropping I had singing lessons to teach me how to use my beautiful new tenor voice in the choir. After every one I used to hide in my room and hurt myself.

entangledbrotons:

ugh back then i didn’t know i was uncomfortable with my assigned gender. but my first puberty was so unwelcome and so unwanted and really horrifying for me even though i didn’t consciously know why.

vorvayne:

I remember being 9 years old when I started getting breast buds and feeling so horrible and wrong I struggled to shower for years because I didn’t want to see myself naked.

My heart goes out to everyone.

Sunday, August 11, 2013
Forget about your poverty, let’s focus on that car you want so you can get a job. If gatekeepers were financial planners
Saturday, August 10, 2013

hungerfaerie:

looking up the ridiculous “passing” tips the internet gives to trans women and laughing at them.

Passing Tips:

1. Check road for double-line. If double-line, YOU SHALL NOT PASS.
2. Check mirror for traffic.
3. Change lane.
4. Speed up.
5. YOU ARE SUCCESSFULLY PASSING! WHEE!
6. Return to original lane.
7. Slow down.
8. Continue driving as normal.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Hackathon for Transgender Empowerment

Look at how close they are! Help out my OCD, get that progress meter filled up all the way!

Research shows that transgender people are unemployed at 2x the national rate–4x for transgender people of color; have incomes of less than $10,00 a year; experience homelessness at 2x the rate of non-trans people; and suffer overwhelming discrimination when it comes to accessing adequate healthcare and legal services. This problem not only affects transgender adults but trans and gender nonconforming youth as well. A necessary step in addressing anti-transgender bias is to create technology that socially empowers transgender individuals. Imagine if there existed a mobile phone app that helps individuals find trans friendly doctors or an app that profiles safe space job opportunities for trans people across the country? Trans*H4CK is a space in which to turn these possibilities into reality.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Amazing interview with Laverne Cox from Orange is the New Black, via Huffington Post.