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Do I Sound Gay? (2014)

Unrated | | Documentary | 10 July 2015 (USA)
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A documentary about the stereotype of the gay voice.

Director:

David Thorpe

Writers:

David Thorpe, Maeve O'Boyle (co-writer)
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Credited cast:
Michael Airington ... Himself
Richard Barrios Richard Barrios ... Himself
Margaret Cho ... Herself
Becky Collins Becky Collins ... Herself
Bob Corff ... Himself
Tim Gunn ... Himself
Jeff Hiller ... Himself
Zach King Zach King ... Himself
Don Lemon ... Himself
Benjamin Munson Benjamin Munson ... Himself (as Prof. Benjamin Munson)
Susan Sankin Susan Sankin ... Herself
Dan Savage ... Himself
David Sedaris ... Himself
Ron Smyth Ron Smyth ... Himself (as Prof. Ron Smyth)
George Takei ... Himself
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Approaching middle age, David Thorpe, South Carolina born and bred but who has lived most of his adult life in New York City, laments his single gay status at this stage in his life. In his self-critical view, he blames that single status partly on what he considers his stereotypical gay sounding voice, something that he himself does not like and believes that most gay men do not like in others in wanting partners who are more masculine sounding. David goes to vocal coaches/speech therapists to help him transform his voice into what he considers that more standard sounding nondescript male voice. Concurrently, he speaks to gay celebrities about their voice and what if anything they did to it, and to historians and other experts about how the gay voice came into being, its history and if there is any thought to it being biologically inherent to gay men, or if it truly is a product of environment. He also talks to long time friends and family members about his own gay voice, which may ... Written by Huggo

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

10 July 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Opening Weekend USA:

$14,944, 17 July 2015

Gross USA:

$57,000
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Quotes

David Thorpe: [off camera] Are there times when straight men sound more gay?
Ron Smyth: Usually when they're sucking my cock.
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Interesting discussion points but meandering
27 November 2015 | by gaylordsmythe-higglebottSee all my reviews

When we hear someone speak, instantly biases start to form. This person sounds old/young, educated/uneducated, local/foreign, male/female, urban/rural, etc.

While this documentary is not the best material for discussing the topic, it does focus on one mostly untouched topics in the gay community. How a specific nasal speech pattern has become coding for gay in the U.S.

We start the documentary with David, a man in his forties who recently ended a relationship with his boyfriend. One thing that has been bugging him is the way he sounds. The elongation of vowels, nasality, and crispness of diction that make up a gay stereotype that has endured for decades.

The film covers some interesting topics like discrimination against men perceived as effeminate, a possible origin of the gay accent, and the deconstruction and progression of David's voice as he continues speech therapy.

However, this would be much better at half it's length. This film has a fair bit of star power behind it, but most of the celebrity cameos drag the pacing and should have been cut. The film loses focus at times.

If the topic of the film doesn't sound interesting to you, give it a pass. Otherwise, rent it/stream it. As of this review being posted, it's on Netflix.


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