The way gay folks
strut is a giveaway to their sexuality, reports a
somewhat unsurprising study by the University of California,
attached to four men and four women--half of whom were
gay--so that students could observe the way each
study participant walked on a treadmill. The
students were accurate in assessing the men's sexuality
60% of the time, reports MSNBC.com. The gay men slightly
swayed their hips more than their straight
counterparts, the study found.
accuracy was weaker when guessing the women's
orientations. A pattern was found, though--the
lesbians seemed to move their shoulders more when
they walked than did heterosexual women.
to think that gay people can't conceal their
homosexuality," Michael Bailey, a psychology professor at
Northwestern University told MSNBC.com. "I don't think it's
a performance that gay people enact. I think it's
something that either is inborn, or it's acquired very
early, perhaps by watching members of the other sex."
The study seemed
to give more credence to the existence of "gaydar,"
suggesting that people can really tell someone's sexual
orientation from visual clues. (The Advocate)