A masculine Welsh rugby player, who was engaged to be married to his girlfriend, suffered a stroke after a freak weight lifting incident. When he woke up, he was gay.
Chris Birch claims that he was a heterosexual for 26-years. But when he woke up from his stroke, he got a job as a hairdresser, found rugby repulsive, and was no longer attracted to his girlfriend.
“I was gay when I woke up and I still am. It sounds strange but when I came round I immediately felt different. I wasn’t interested in women any more. I had never been attracted to a man before – I’d never even had any gay friends. But I didn’t care about who I was before, I had to be true to my feelings.”
The Telegraph reports that Birch is not the only person to experience dramatic changes after a stroke. Alan Brown, from Worcestershire, woke up from a stroke two years ago with the ability to paint and draw in incredible detail.
“Suddenly I hated every thing about my old life. I didn’t get on with my friends, I hated sport and found my job boring.”
Stroke Association spokesman Joe Korner said:
“During recovery the brain makes new neural connections which can trigger things people weren’t aware of, such as accent, language or perhaps a different sexuality.”
Do you think Chris Birch really woke up gay after he had a stroke? Do you think he was always gay and is using the stroke to come out of the closet?
Birch says that he has no regrets about his life changing experience. Birch said:
‘I’m nothing like the old Chris now but I wouldn’t change a thing. I think I’m happier than ever, so I don’t regret the accident.”