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Speaking Gay!

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If you are looking to fine-tune your gaydar, Ohio State University psychologists might have some useful information for your arsenal. According to a recent study conducted at the school, gay men have a tendency to pronounce vowel sounds differently than straight men, thus they become discernible from heterosexual males.

Seven gay and seven straight men participated in the study in which they were asked to pronounce single-syllable words. Study participants were then asked to listen to the men recite these words, like "food" or "mass", and then decide which orientation the man identified with. According to the results, 75% of the participants were able to determine the correct orientation of the guys just by listening to them speak.

Fascinating…or is it?

We wonder…do U think you could correctly determine someone's sexual preference simply by listening to their voice? Is that a realistic indicator? We're somewhat skeptical ourselves. Inflection is such a tricky thing.


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19 comments to “Speaking Gay!”

  1. 1

    yes, there is def a difference in speech with some gay men. i guess this used to be known as the "gay lisp"


  2. 2

    They needed to do a research to prove it??? Its soooo obvious. Gay guys definitely talk a certain way. That's undeniable.

  3. 3

    Get it right…its "THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY"

  4. 4

    obvious gay is obvious…

  5. 5

    How "inneresting".

  6. 6

    omg !!! just like you perez!!!

  7. 7

    Their sample size was 14 people?? That isn't science, it's statistical noise.

  8. 8

    Its called linguistic profiling. Subconsciously our brain becomes accustomed to what "gay" sounds like and is able to detect it every other time as well. This idea applies to detecting race, gender, age in an individual as well.

  9. 9

    This is only conclusive if ALL of the men are from the same place having the same accents.
    Vowel sounds are different depending on where you are from.
    Crispy "S"'s are a dead give away though.

  10. 10

    14 people do not make a scientific study - it makes a dinner party. As someone else said, unless these men were all from the same region and had very similar accents and educations, this test is complete bullshit.

  11. 11

    A very high percentage of gay men talk a way that gives them away as gay. Perez Hilton is an example. Very rarely does a person with this gay tone end up being heterosexual. However, I have noticed as I got older that there is a consider amount of gay men that have no discernible accent that would identify them as gay. But I don't think you can deny that many gay men have an accent that gives away their orientation….no that there is anything wrong with that!

  12. 12

    They both appear to be clenching their cheeks for some unknown reason.

  13. 13

    If this is true and it can be scientifically proven after collecting more data with a larger sample size group, it could seriously help the argument over homosexuality whether it is biological or a choice. If something can be biologically linked, such as the way speech develops in different orientations, gay rights may happen a little faster. thoughts?

  14. 14

    So I suppose there's something behind the old 'gaydar" thing ;)

  15. Jen83 says – reply to this


    What a load of hogs wash. That is a biased test. In order to get a good result you'd have to test way too many. In short, the 'accent' is utterly and 100% made up. Some men use it as their way of slowly coming out; a way to 'soften the blow' when telling others. They get so used to doing it that the more 'gay' and flamboyant they become, the more the accent comes out.
    I've had two OVER-THA top gay friends who talk and speak normally. The only difference is they were NEVER ashamed of who they are. Have you noticed Lesbians are accepted by the male populace because they think they can get in with two chicks? And gay females don't speak differently…… werid..'huh'.

  16. 16

    People are people. So what?

  17. 17

    This was a serious study? Were there "straight sounding" gay guys in there? Because a good majority of gay guys very clearly sound different and everyone has known that for years. Yeah, some don't sound like big ol' queens, but some do and others who aren't so "flamboyant" are still noticeable.

  18. 18

    You can't claim a scientific discovery based off so little information. People's voices and pronunciation differ due to a lot of factors and you can't account for everything by taking just seven guys from the group you are looking into. True there are a good deal of guys who are obvious based off the way they talk but this experiment in no way supports their conclusion.

  19. 19

    Re: gorgeous_chik7 – i know. why do a study on something so obviouse? heck, perez himself proves that gay men talk a certain way.