Do I Sound Gay?

Do I Sound Gay?

DVD - 2015
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After a break-up with his boyfriend, journalist David Thorpe embarks on a hilarious and touching journey of self-discovery, confronting his anxiety about "sounding gay". Enlisting acting coaches, linguists, friends, family, total strangers, and celebrities, he quickly learns that many people, both gay and straight, often wish for a different voice. What starts as a personal journey becomes a chance to unpack layers of cultural baggage concerning sexuality, identity, and self-esteem.
Publisher: New York, NY : IFC Films, [2015]
Characteristics: video file,DVD video
1 videodisc (77 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


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Oct 05, 2016

can I change my voice?

should I change my voice?

learning to be yourself

Sep 05, 2016

I was pleasantly surprised! It sat on my shelf for a while until I got around to it. Glad I did - it wasn't what I thought it was going to be. It's surprising how taboo this subject seems to have been. It is not a political-correctness polemic. This film - the director/writer/producer/actor's personal journey - is fascinating. It explores some of the mechanics of voice; the cultural meanings; and the misogyny behind this question. Ultimately, very much an affirmation for being yourself; for being queer, even.

May 19, 2016

I always wanted to know! A fascinating, interesting, frank look at the subject and the people! A personal journey! Well-done documentary! I recommend it!

May 15, 2016

Not a perfect film (it can't decide if it's personal narrative, linguistic analysis or what), but the reaction he points to is something we all know ("that guy sure sounds gay" or "how could my grandmother have not known Liberace was gay--I mean, just LISTEN to the guy!"), and this is the only examination of it I've ever seen. Where does gay voice come from? (linguists weigh in) How do gay men feel about it? (not entirely comfortable, this film tells us)

Great celeb interviews. For PFLAG-y types like me, both an interesting and fun film.

Jan 18, 2016

This funny, frank and entertaining film looks at one of the intriguing and lesser discussed aspects of homophobia, the gay "accent". Whether there is one or not and whether it is a thing to avoid or embrace form the central questions of this thought-provoking film.


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Jan 03, 2016

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