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Is being bilingual sexier than a 6-pack? How gay/bi people voted may surprise you

Is being bilingual sexier than a 6-pack? How gay/bi people voted may surprise you

Not that there's anything wrong with six-packs of course

Want to impress a UK-based gay man? Being bilingual, or having an Irish, Australian, or Russian accent definitely helps!

A new study of 6,000 single people of multiple sexualities has produced illuminating results.

It found that 96% of UK-based respondents would rather date someone who speaks more than one language than date someone with a gym-honed body.

The figure falls to 93% for UK-based gay and bi women. It then jumps to 99% for UK-based gay and bi men.

54% of UK-based respondents also said they can speak more than one language.

Among UK-based respondents overall, Italian (64%) was the clear language winner, followed by French (62%), and Spanish (46%). In terms of accents, the most attractive accent to UK-based ears is French (47%). This is followed by Italian (45%), then Irish (32%).

For gay men in the UK, these numbers are quite different. In terms of attractive languages, French and Italian vied for first place, both getting a 60% approval rating. No other languages even came close, said a spokesperson.

Accent wise, gay or bi men in the UK also went against the grain. 80% picked Irish as the hottest accent of them all. This was followed by Australian and Russian, both on 40%

Comparatively for gay and bi women, the most attractive language to speak is Italian. A huge 73% picked it as their number one. This is followed by French (60%) and Spanish (40%). The most popular accents are French (53%), followed by Italian (40%) and Irish (33%).

‘Being able to communicate is fundamental to human interaction’

The study, which was conducted across 11 countries in total, was produced by dating service EliteSingles and languages app Babbel.

Babbel spokesperson Matt Horsburgh told Gay Star News: ‘One of our core values at Babbel is that diversity makes us stronger. We live that not just by having a diverse workforce, but a very diverse user base too.

‘From our partnership with EliteSingles, we saw that personality is even more important than looks amongst the LGBTQ+ population in the UK. 86% of gay/bisexual men and 71% of gay/bisexual women chose personality as the number one characteristic in a partner, compared to the national average of 54%.

‘We also saw that gay/bisexual men in the UK are especially are the most worldly when it comes down to choosing a date. Some 80% have dated someone with another mother tongue, compared to 59% across the UK [and 47% for gay and bi women].’

‘As a gay man myself, I’m particularly proud to present some data that contradicts the stereotype of the superficial LGBTQ+ community.’

EliteSingles spokesperson Michael Middleton, who also identifies as a gay man, also told Gay Star News: ‘The stereotype of the body image-centric gay man is – finally – officially quashed. In attractiveness stakes, language learning wins out against 6-packs, so I know how I’ll be spending my 2018! Is there still time to cancel my gym membership?’