This does not count against those affectations that ARE intentional corruptions of speech and which homosexuals frequently adopt as audible signs of their homosexual status. In fact, we related so intensely to the steeliness of characters like the murderous Bette Davis in The Little Foxes, who, with chilling equanimity, stands by as her choking husband writhes in convulsions before her, clutching his heart and helplessly groping for his missing blood pressure medication, that we used them as substitutes for ourselves, refashioning them in our own images. The radio station I usually listen to has an announcer who sounds like that, and I find it very unpleasant to listen to him. Development and validation of brief measures of positive and negative affect: Roberts, and Kathryn Campbell-Kibler. Macalester College.
Try saying that last sentence out loud with a lisp.
Journal of Personality. Psychology of Men and Masculinity. For me and countless other gay men growing up in small-town America, film provided a vehicle for expressing alienation from our surroundings and linking up with the utopic homosexual community of our dreams, a sophisticated "artistic" demimonde inhabited by Norma Desmonds and Holly Golightlys.
Language and gender scholar Robin Lakoff not only compares gay male with female speech but also claims that gay men deliberately imitate the latter,  claiming this to include an increased use of superlativesinflected intonationand lisping.