It takes a brave person to not only ask the tough question, but also stick around to listen to the answer — which may not always be the response he or she may expect or want to hear.
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David Thorpe is one such person. With his film, “Do I Sound Gay?,” Thorpe examines the sociocultural discussion around “the gay voice” by interviewing a range of language experts and prominent gay figures, in addition to turning the camera on to himself and highlighting his own insecurities about his voice.
The film, which just got picked up by Sundance Selects for distribution and opens DOC NYC tonight, had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival back in September. While in Toronto, Thorpe and sex columnist Dan Savage, who also appears in the film. came by the Indiewire and Movies On Demand studio for an on-camera interview.
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You can check out the major highlights from the interview below and catch “Do I Sound Gay” in theaters next summer.
Thorpe: “I kept thinking about my voice and how gay I sounded.”
Thorpe: “I didn’t think other people had this anxiety.”
Savage: “A lot of the questions about the gay voice I get from straight people.”
Thorpe: “It was surprisingly easy to get people to talk about it.”
Savage: “If we don’t identify ourselves with labels or gestures or clothes or with our voices, we can’t find each other.”
Thorpe: “The Kickstarter campaign was hugely vindicating.”
Thorpe: “It’s a title that makes people talk about the subject, so it’s no longer a taboo.”
These videos were produced in partnership with Movies On Demand.