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Young Straight Man Has Stroke and Wakes Up Gay

Posted by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 4:45 PM
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Young Straight Man Has Stroke and Wakes Up Gay

Posted by Lindsay Mannering
on November 9, 2011 at 3:44 PM

gay bed strokeYou know that phrase, "stranger things could happen"? Yeah, we can't use that in this story. I don't think anything has happened that's stranger than this. Chris Birch, a 26-year-old guy from Wales, had a stroke and woke up gay. While he was horsing around with his rugby buddies, he tried to impress them by doing a back-flip but landed on his neck and suffered a stroke. When he came to in the hospital, his fiance and family by his side, he was no longer a straight man. He was a gay man. Once released, he promptly quit his job as a banker and decided to become a hairdresser.

You cannot make this stuff up.

Well maybe you can -- the story is from The Sun -- but Chris and the newspaper insist it's what happened to him. One minute you're a straight dude engaged to be married, the next you're styling updos and living with your boyfriend Jack in an apartment above the hair studio. It's a lot to take in.

Chris goes on to say that before the accident, he wasn't attracted to men, nor did he have any gay friends, but that when he woke up, there was no doubt in his mind that he had to follow his heart, which was telling him to follow the boys. No word on how the fiance felt after her boyfriend switched teams so suddenly, but let's just hope that free haircuts are one of the many conciliatory prizes. 

Docs say that it's possible to have a shift in sexual orientation after a stroke because neural connections something something fire something something reconnect something something, so it's possible that this unbelievable tale is true. But whatever the circumstance for Chris' change, the good news is that Chris is happier than ever now. If he was gay all along and was afraid to come out and used the head injury as an excuse, it doesn't matter. The man is in a better place right now in life and sounds like he couldn't be more pleased.

As for the fiance ... as devastating as this might have been, I'm sure there are some upsides. Since I was a Will & Grace fan, I think I'm an expert on how having an ex lover turn gay is a wonderful gift from above. She and Chris can still hang out all the time, go shopping, talk about their problems in a meaningful way, and swap recipes for the rest of their lives. I wish she, and Chris, and Jack (oh, the coincidence!) all the gaiety in the world.

Have you ever dated someone who's switched teams?

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LuLu5J
by Lourdes-PR on Nov. 9, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Wow that's crazy!

karma729
by Karina-D.R. on Nov. 9, 2011 at 4:52 PM

I THINK THAT WAS HIS WAKE UP CALL TO JUST BE HIM AND SINCE HE WOKE UP FROM THAT ACCIDENT HE DECIDED LET ME BE WHO IM TRULY AM...IMO 

HeartCharmMama
by Ing-Pura Latina on Nov. 9, 2011 at 4:55 PM

I'm sorry but I don't believe this story.

HeartCharmMama
by Ing-Pura Latina on Nov. 9, 2011 at 4:56 PM

But if this really did happen--and so suddenly--maybe he really was gay IRL and bailed out after a freak accident...idk.

LMJ1
by Lluvia-Mexicana on Nov. 9, 2011 at 4:59 PM
Yep. That's what I think!

Quoting karma729:

I THINK THAT WAS HIS WAKE UP CALL TO JUST BE HIM AND SINCE HE WOKE UP FROM THAT ACCIDENT HE DECIDED LET ME BE WHO IM TRULY AM...IMO 

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LuLu5J
by Lourdes-PR on Nov. 9, 2011 at 5:20 PM
I was thinking the same thing!

Quoting HeartCharmMama:

But if this really did happen--and so suddenly--maybe he really was gay IRL and bailed out after a freak accident...idk.

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HeartCharmMama
by Ing-Pura Latina on Nov. 9, 2011 at 5:21 PM

that's an idea!

Quoting karma729:

I THINK THAT WAS HIS WAKE UP CALL TO JUST BE HIM AND SINCE HE WOKE UP FROM THAT ACCIDENT HE DECIDED LET ME BE WHO IM TRULY AM...IMO 


ana326
by Ana-Mexicana on Nov. 9, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Hmmm I think the almost near death experience just made him wake up and accept who he truly was and let the skelleton out of the closet. 

HeartCharmMama
by Ing-Pura Latina on Nov. 9, 2011 at 5:28 PM

And of course he's going to deny he was gay before--he doesn't want to hurt his fiancèe's feelings...

elle31106
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 7:14 PM
What a crock. His injury was the perfect way to come out.
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