David Thorpe (shown above, doing vocal exercises), the creator and main subject of the new doc, DO I SOUND GAY?, had recently broken up with his partner and was going through the usual depressed, post-parting period when he began to wonder, rather heavily, if he sounded too gay. So he determined to learn if this was true, and if true, how to sound, well... different. Now, this is tricky territory, for it brings up the very idea of there being something "wrong" with sounding and, by extension, being gay -- not a politically correct attitude for our modern times. Yet, come on: Any gay man who has lived long in our society understands the meaning and use of the "closet," as well as the not exactly uncommon idea that, if you're a guy, you ought to sound, uh... masculine, right?
George Takei (two photos above), Margaret Cho, David Sedaris (above) and Dan Savage (below) -- all of whom contribute an interesting "take" on the matter at hand.
IFC Films, the documentary hits DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, November 3, for sale and rental.