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Published On: Thu, Apr 25th, 2013

Sequestation blamed for flight delays while taxpayers spend $152K on transgender voice study

Sequestration may be the topic of discussion in Washington budget talks and reductions, but critics are getting increasingly louder as air travel delays mount, national parks close and the federal spending includes $152,000 on studying transgender voices.

To “inform and provide new directions for transgender (TG) voice care, thereby improving the lives of TG people who feel their voice is a great obstacle to living as their preferred gender,” the National Institutes of Health (NIH) summary states, courtesy of U.S. taxpayers

photo by photoSteve101 via Flickr

photo by photoSteve101 via Flickr

“Incomplete gender presentation can negatively impact the TG individual’s job opportunities, relationships, and social acceptance,” states the project description.

The two-year study, it says, “will inform voice therapy clinical protocols for transgender speakers who face discrimination when their voice does not match their preferred gender presentation, which limits their ability to contribute to society and live healthy, safe lives.”

The NIH awarded the grant to George Washington University, where the project is being led by assistant professor Adrienne B. Hancock, whose “primary research addresses transgender voice and communications,” according to the school’s website.

“She has examined transgender voice physiology as well as the psychosocial influence of voice and communication skills for transgender speakers.”

The study will examine male-to-female transgenders (MTF) to “determine how the passing MTF voice achieves a female-sounding voice with biologically male anatomy,” according to the project description.

The hypothesis is that MTFs whose voices pass as female have “physiological distinctions” in their larynxes that enable them to change their voices.

The data from this experiment will be used “to develop a comprehensive model useful for predicting confidence that a speaker will be perceived as their preferred gender.” This, in turn, will be employed to help those MTFs who still sound male to achieve the female-sounding voices they desire and complete their supposed transition to the opposite sex.

CNSNews.com, which reported on the grant on April 23, asked the NIH for comment on the grant.

“NIH research addresses the full spectrum of human health across all populations of Americans. Behavioral research will continue to be an important area of research supported by NIH. The details of the specific grant that you are inquiring about, including funding amounts and project start and end dates, can be found on NIH Reporter.”

Critics just ask if this is worth flight delays and closing national parks.

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  1. Morgan Lund-Goldstein says:

    Critics do realize it’s a fraction of a penny per tax payer, right? The government has spent more tax dollars giving crack to Japanese quails and teaching Asian hookers to drink responsibly. This issue is ridiculous, so you wait half an hour more for your flight, big deal. Also closing national parks isn’t due to sequestration that’s from oil companies wanting to drill there. Which is completely counter-intuitive to the main reason national parks were established. What’s worse about the sequestration is that congress isn’t taking any repercussions by it at all. That’s what the outrage should actually be about.

  2. CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says:

    SINCE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FEELS COMPELLED TO RIDICULE MIDDLE-EASTERNERS FOR PRACTICING FEMALE GENITAL-MUTILATION AND OTHER TYPES OF BODY MUTILATION IN SO-CALLED, “Third World” areas, IT IS HYPOCRITICAL TO ALLOW SEX-REASSIGNMENT SURGERY TO BE LEGAL IN THIS NATION. TO HELP PSYCHOLOGICALLY-IMPAIRED PEOPLE WHO HAVE MODIFIED THEIR GENETIC MAKEUP, MEANS THIS NATION NEEDS A LEGISLATIVE “OVER-HAUL.”

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

  3. Citizens Suffer Flight Delays; Feds Spend $152K on Transgender Voice Study – The New American | GAYFRIENDSCHAT.com says:

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