A new study is out and one of the findings claim that gay men deepen the tone of their voices when first speaking with a stranger.
The Hippocratic Post has written an article on the findings of a study performed by the University of Surrey, Instituto Universitario in Portugal and University of Padua in Italy.
The study, which was recorded in the Journal of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences, was conducted with 241 male and female participants from three sexual orientation classifications — heterosexuals, gay men, and lesbians.
The purpose of the study was to research whether heterosexuals, gay men, and lesbians thought their voices indicated their sexual orientation and whether they had a desire for said sexual orientation to be disclosed.
What seems to be the most obvious finding in the study was that heterosexual men tend to put bass in their voice with the intention to always sound masculine for the purpose of always being perceived as heterosexual.
Researchers believe this may be due to concerns about being misidentified as homosexual, leaving them vulnerable to discrimination and lessening their chances of attracting a female partner.
What was shocking, however, was to learn that gay men tended to deepen their voices with first encounters as well. But before you jump to conclusions thinking the recent gay male masculinity trend could be the unsavory reason why, read the researchers explanation behind the action.
Gay men and lesbian women showed no desire for their voice to disclose their sexual orientation as it could potentially make them unwanted targets of prejudice. Gay men are assumed to lisp and have soft high pitched voices, [while] lesbians are believed to sound masculine and have deep, low pitched voices. Researchers indicated that individuals may modify their voices in a first encounter with an individual to conform to social norms and not reveal their sexual orientation.