Do I Sound Gay?, a crowd-funded documentary that examines the so-called “gay voice”, made its Los Angeles premiere Monday night at OutFest to a sold-out crowd.
In case you aren’t familiar with the film, here’s a description:
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. Today we also got a new clip from the doc that shows David Sedaris talking about his ‘gay voice’ as well as that of his husband Hugh.
At Monday night’s screening, director and star Thorpe took questions from the audience as well as the moderator about what he learned about his examination of the gay voice.
Of the politics of the gay voice, Thorpe said, “Sometimes a voice is just a voice and sometimes it’s a symbol of something much bigger.”
Listen to Thorpe talk about making the film below: