“For many gay men, that’s the last vestige of internalized homophobia. This hatred of how they sound,” says Dan Savage in a new and smart-looking documentary that’s put out a Kickstarter call.
It’s called Do I Sound Gay?, and the director, New York-based David Thorpe, has already got a lot of good people on camera discussing the topic of “gay voice,” why so many of us have it, and why it remains a sticking point and point of shame in our identities as gay men. In addition to Savage, he’s got talking-head moments with David Sedaris, Margaret Cho, Tim Gunn, and the great George Takei.
For instance: How many times have you heard a hot porn star open his mouth and immediately think, “a purse just fell out.” We don’t associate gay voice with being sexy, and most of the nellyest porn stars know better than to use their natural speaking voice in a scene. They butch it up, say “Fuck yeah,” and you don’t find out what they really sound like until they do an interview.
This could also be part of the enduring fetish for straight men, and straight men who fuck guys they don’t have to worry about “sounding gay.”
Anyway, give this guy a couple bucks if you’re so inclined.