Chris Birch was a rugby playing bank worker with a fiancee when he broke his neck attempting a back flip in the local gym. He suffered a stroke and when he woke up in the hospital, Birch no longer felt attracted to women.
He then quit his job, broke up with his fiancee and stopped drinking beer and watching sports with his rugby playing friends during weekends. He then began working out, dropped 112 pounds, bleached his hair, became a hair dresser and started dating the 19 year-old twink he now lives with.
The weird thing: neurologists and stroke experts say this sort of thing is totally plausible.
According to The Daily Mail:
[Birch] sought advice from his neurologist who said the changes in his personality could be due to the stroke opening up a different part of his brain.
There have been cases of patients waking up with different accents and of others becoming artists following strokes.
…Stroke association spokesman Joe Korner said: ‘Strokes can have a big effect on individuals and lead to personality changes.
‘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. Whether or not the stroke turned Chris gay, or whether he was gay anyway but unaware of it, his experience seems to be a positive one, which is great.’
Birch says he didn’t care that he had never felt attracted to men before his stroke; he felt gay in his heart after the stroke and felt he had to follow that, which is rad. But his young boyfriend might wanna make sure Birch doesn’t break his neck or stroke out again, lest his newfound beau go back to being a breeder.