Inspired by David Thorpe's new documentary about gay voice, Do I Sound Gay?, Taylor Barrett wanted to see if people on the street felt they could properly identify a lesbian based on the sound of her voice.
First, the strangers on the street were asked if they thought they could properly identify a persons sexual preference based on the way they sound. Most people weren't so sure.
But these people felt pretty confident about their ability to recognize sexuality based on voice.
Next, Taylor introduced five of her friends and told everyone that one of the girls was a lesbian. She wanted them to guess who she might be after they all said a few words.
Obviously, to eliminate variables, all the women said the same thing to control for content.
Most of the participants were uncomfortable with labeling one of the women gay based on their sound.
Some of them thought it to be impossible.
This man even thought it might be insulting.
Eventually, though, people started pinpointing who they thought was gay.
Taylor then asked each person why they landed on that choice. What about their voice lead them to that decision? Many of them used the words, "bold," "assertive," and "angry" in their reasoning.
It was time for the reveal.
The participants had very different reactions to this news:
After all was said and done, the women wanted to let the participants know that it's not offensive for them to be labeled as gay.