Is there a 'gay voice'?

"I've always wondered why some men 'sound gay' and others don't," ponders director David Thorpe at the outset of this New York Times video.

What is it about micro-variations in speech that cause us to identify someone's voice as masculine or feminine, gay or straight? And how do those variations come about? Watch and learn from this entertaining video featuring Kris and Matt--two men with strikingly different voices.

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Who sounds gay? (2015, July 1). The New York Times [Video file]. Retrieved from

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