“Do I Sound Gay?”: A different way to speak up for yourself

DO I SOUND GAY - 2015 FILM STILL - Fantasy Sequence, David on Fire Island Train - Photo Credit: IFC Films

DO I SOUND GAY – 2015 FILM STILL – Fantasy Sequence, David on Fire Island Train – Photo Credit: IFC Films

“Do I Sound Gay?” is now playing on video-on-demand. Not rated, 1:17, two and a half stars out of four.

David Thorpe is a proud gay man. He marches in gay rights parades, he makes movies with his gay friends, and while just freshly out of a relationship, he’d like to be in love with another gay man someday.

The only problem? He gets bothered by the sound of a gay man’s voice, including his own. In the thought-provoking but too often unfocused documentary “Do I Sound Gay?” Thorpe recalls riding on a train full of gay men heading to Fire Island, and being irritated by the sound of their chatter. (Like “braying ninnies,” he puts it.) Even worse, he hears the same cadences coming out of his own mouth, and feels “out of sync” with his own voice. Of course, the very idea of a “gay voice” is a stereotype, but that’s sort of the point.

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