Us & Them: A Trans Woman Learns to Use Her 'Femme Voice'


Trey Kay — host of WVPB’s program Us & Them — first heard about a transgender woman in Charleston, West Virginia in 2014. Anne Kelly Skinner — formerly Greg Skinner — was in the process of transitioning from male to female. Trey got in touch with Anne and they ended up talking about what we’ll hear in this excerpt from our show Us & Them — the way Anne talks.

Songwriter James McMurtry is highly admired by listeners and peers alike for his astute observations and ability to develop characters while painting scenery with just a few, well-chosen words. Our Song of the Week is McMurtry’s “State of the Union,” which depicts a family’s inner-conflicts, long-standing grudges and stubborn optimism.