“Do I Sound Gay?” film

August 25, 2015 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Loft Cinema
3233 East Speedway Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85716
TUESDAY, AUGUST 25 AT 7:00PM | REGULAR ADMISSION PRICES at Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson

Co-presented by the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF). Post-film Q&A with Eric Plemons, core faculty member in the Transgender Studies Initiative at the University of Arizona.

Is there such a thing as a “gay voice?” Why do some people “sound gay” but not others? Why are gay voices a mainstay of pop culture but also a trigger for bullying and harassment?

“Offers a breezy, funny look at gay stereotypes.” – Andrew Barker,Variety

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. In Thorpe’s acclaimed new documentary Do I Sound Gay?, what starts as a personal journey becomes a chance to unpack layers of cultural baggage concerning sexuality, identity, and self-esteem. After undergoing hilariously taxing voice-changing exercises with linguists and speech therapists, Thorpe turns to family and friends to better understand when and how his voice changed. He gains frank and funny perspectives from public figures such as comedian Margaret Cho, actor George Takei, sex-advice columnist Dan Savage, fashion guru Tim Gunn, and writer David Sedaris. Drawing upon movie and television clips, the film traces a cultural history of the gay voice — ranging from closeted icons to a notable string of cartoon villains — which places Thorpe’s self-consciousness in a broader context. Wicked humor and surprising insight highlight this provocative documentary about (literally) finding your voice. (Dir. by David Thorpe, 2014, USA, 77 mins., Not Rated)

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