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David Thorpe (middle) in a scene from DO I SOUND GAY? (2015)

New Documentary DO I SOUND GAY? Challenges People's Snap Judgments About Other People's Voices

Filmmaker David Thorpe humorously and poignantly addresses one of the homosexual community’s least-discussed questions.

The timing of Do I Sound Gay? couldn’t be better, coming on the heels of last week’s gay marriage legalization news, but the questions asked by writer/filmmaker David Thorpe seem so on-the-nose, it’s amazing that they haven’t been asked so directly sooner. An openly gay man, Thorpe deals with being newly single and wholly insecure by asking his friends, family members and fellow homosexual celebs like David Sedaris, Dan Savage and Margaret Cho the following question: why do gay men talk with such a distinctly effeminate voice?

Playful and lighthearted, Do I Sound Gay? benefits greatly from Thorpe’s charismatically self-deprecating personality. Whereas other documentarians would’ve taken a scholarly approach and had a roster of psychologists analyze the high-pitched and womanly vocal delivery, Thorpe gets at the issue by cracking honesty-fueled jokes with his also gay buddies. Though he doesn’t get too definitive with his revelations, Thorpe uses his own realizations about how his voice's "gayness" has changed per environments to lightly touch on how gay men and women in general deal with living in a judgmental society.

Considering the monumental leaps towards equality that have happened in recent weeks, Do I Sound Gay? feels like the necessary start to a larger, much-needed conversation.

Where to see it: IFC Center, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10:50 a.m., 12:25 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 4:05 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 7:55 p.m., 9:50 p.m.


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