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Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 46, Issue 5, pp 1261–1277

First Online: 15 March 2017Received: 01 June 2015Revised: 14 February 2017Accepted: 15 February 2017DOI: 10.1007-s10508-017-0962-0

Cite this article as: Fasoli, F., Maass, A., Paladino, M.P. et al. Arch Sex Behav 2017 46: 1261. doi:10.1007-s10508-017-0962-0


The growing body of literature on the recognition of sexual orientation from voice -auditory gaydar- is silent on the cognitive and social consequences of having a gay-lesbian- versus heterosexual-sounding voice. We investigated this issue in four studies overall N = 276, conducted in Italian language, in which heterosexual listeners were exposed to single-sentence voice samples of gay-lesbian and heterosexual speakers. In all four studies, listeners were found to make gender-typical inferences about traits and preferences of heterosexual speakers, but gender-atypical inferences about those of gay or lesbian speakers. Behavioral intention measures showed that listeners considered lesbian and gay speakers as less suitable for a leadership position, and male but not female listeners took distance from gay speakers. Together, this research demonstrates that having a gay-lesbian rather than heterosexual-sounding voice has tangible consequences for stereotyping and discrimination.

KeywordsStereotypes Discrimination Sexual orientation -Gaydar-  Download fulltext PDF

Autor: Fabio Fasoli - Anne Maass - Maria Paola Paladino - Simone Sulpizio


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