“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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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


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