SIFF Says:After a bad breakup with his boyfriend, journalist David Thorpe began down the destructive path of picking out all of his flaws, and sounding “too gay” was one of them. Bringing to the forefront a conversation rarely had in the gay community, Thorpe decides to explore the cultural history, insecurities, and anxieties surrounding the gay, feminine sounding voice. He finds out that others have had the same negative thoughts about the sound of their voice as he does, and when individuals he approaches decline to participate because of embarrassment, it’s another reason to further his journey. Thorpe pushes on through video clips and interviews with linguists, celebrities, acting coaches, family, and friends to unpack the implications and internalized homophobia revolving around the “gay voice.” Featuring Tim Gunn, David Sedaris, George Takei, and Dan Savage, DO I SOUND GAY? combines the right amount of humor and personal stories to finally give a gay voice to a societal taboo about not wanting one.
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