I woke from a stroke-- gay!
By Andy Soltis
A hulking, beer-guzzling rugby jock suffered a stroke in a freak training accident -- and woke up gay.
Chris Birch was a straight, 266-pound Welsh bank worker who liked sports, girls and booze and was engaged to his girlfriend before the life-style-changing event.
Now, he’s a 154-pound hairdresser who bleaches his tresses and lives with his 19-year-old boyfriend above his salon.
“I was gay when I woke up and I still am,” he said.
Birch, 26, was showing off before friends in a gym by doing a back flip, but he broke his neck and suffered a stroke, according to Britain’s Daily Mail.
He was rushed to Royal Gwent Hospital in the Welsh town of Newport. His girlfriend and relatives waited for him to recover consciousness.
“It sounds strange, but when I came around, I immediately felt different,” Birch recalled. “I wasn’t interested in women anymore. I was definitely gay.”
Birch, who lives in the town of Ystrad Mynach, said he never experienced any gay inclinations previously.
Researchers have reported many cases of stroke patients experiencing changes in behavior and personality, such as becoming less satisfied with their lives, losing confidence in themselves, or being easily irritated.
But turning gay? That’s a new one.
Birch said the change was sweeping and instantaneous.
“Suddenly, I hated everything about my old life. I didn’t get on with my friends. I hated sport and found my job boring,” he said.
So he underwent a transformation, quitting his job and shedding more than 100 pounds.
He said his family and friends were shocked by his change of sexuality.
“I think I’m happier than ever, so I don’t regret the accident,” he said.
“I’m nothing like the old Chris now, but I wouldn’t change a thing.”