What is "sounding" gay? Is there a Gay Voice?

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  1. BlackguyExecutive

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    I am constantly frustrated by the concept of voice. I do think there is a such thing as gay voice but I sometimes cringe when I hear the phrase because it reminds me of my experience growing up and people teasing me for talking white. Which has remained with me even in adulthood. I have a deep clear voice and routinely engage in the "proper" vernacular and use speech patterns that showcase my mastery of the English language and I get that I talk white all the time, but in some circles that translates into talking gay. Particularly, when I am around black stereotypical ghetto women. <---I use this only as a descriptor for purposes of this commentary only. White people often praise my voice as commanding but then offer the unnecessary anecdote of "you speak so well."

    I think there is a stereotypical gay voice in which men use and exploit a coded language that emphasizes gay speak and there are voices that are construed as proper which can mean gay or white which is weird and frustrating.

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    Thank you!!! Why is this still a topic of discussion. Whether a muhf@ka naturally developed an effeminate voice or purposely uses one, we all know what the f@#k "Gay" sounds like. smh
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    Just like we all know what 'sounding gay' is, we all know what 'sounding white' is. Speaking proper English and 'sounding white' are not one in the same.

    Like I've alrdy said, I think ppl want too many gray areas. We all know what 'sounding white' means. Why can't everyone just keep it moving while knowing this, instead of trying to always add a 'but', as if every damn thing needs deep discussion?
     
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    I often argue with people, especially white people that there is no such thing as "ebonics." Black Americans have regional accents just like any other Americans. There is no one black accent.
     
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    Exactly. Black Americans have Northern Accents, Southern Accents, Midwestern Accents, regional and ethnic dialects...there really is not reverse to the "Talking White" narrative. I am from West Central Florida, I don't have a southern accent but when I am around people who are from the North they notice that I say things like "Y'all" and people make fun of me for saying "folks."
     
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