What’s Improper With Sounding Like a Homosexual Man?

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You wouldn’t know David Thorpe was gay. Depending on your perspective, you might guess metrosexual. He wears trendy jeans and a looped scarf; he keeps his beard tidy. On the New York City subway, he looks like any other typical 45-year-old man.

Until he opens his mouth

Thorpe has a gay-sounding voice. In his case, that means a relatively high vocal register for a man and a hint of a gravelly creak you might expect from a Kardashian. He draws out some vowels with a melodic swing

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But it’s only in the past three years, while working on his documentary Do I Sound Gay?, that he’s fully embraced his “gay voice.” The goal of the film is to de-stigmatize the term, and eliminate the stereotypes and homophobia surrounding the distinct vocal style Read more…

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