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 Doco attempts to answer question: Do I sound gay?

Doco attempts to answer question: Do I sound gay?

LAST UPDATED // Wednesday, 07 May 2014 12:40 Written by // Andrew Shaw

A doco that examines the origins and implications of the ‘gay voice’ is looking for funding to complete. 

Do I Sound Gay? A Documentary About Finding Your True Voice started life three years ago when filmmaker David Thorpe (pictured above with Tim Gunn) wondered why he had anxiety over “sounding gay”.

Featuring Gunn, Margaret Cho, Don Lemon, Dan Savage, David Sedaris and George Takei, the doco features “linguists, historians, voice coaches, speech therapists, friends, family, and total strangers on the street, gay and non-gay, who share their wisdom and touching, funny stories about the ‘gay voice’."

Thorpe interviewed 165 people in four countries for the project.

VIDEO: Check out the documentary's trailer below


In the film, author David Sedaris says he doesn’t know why but he feels good when someone tells him he doesn’t sound gay.

Actor George Takei says gay men have been conditioned by society to feel self conscious about their voices, but shouldn’t.

Commentator Dan Savage says many gay adolescents “are right to be worried about how they sound, because it draws violence”.

“Hard to believe,” says Thorpe on his blog, “but nobody has comprehensively explored the phenomenon of ‘sounding gay’. Voice and sexuality – two fundamental features of human existence, and yet most people don’t have a clue how they’re related. Instead, we have stupid stereotypes. Let’s toss ’em in the trash. Knowledge is power.”

Kickstarter funding details here.

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Andrew Shaw

Andrew Shaw

Andrew Shaw is editor of Queensland Pride.

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