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Rugby player ‘turned gay’ after stroke

The brain functions in mysterious ways

Chris Birch trained to become a hairdresser after his accident.

Wales News Service

Chris Birch trained to become a hairdresser after his accident.

Jack Chavdarian, Staff Writer

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I read about a Daily Mail article beyond anything I’ve ever seen on The Oprah Show, The Tyra Banks Show, Dr. Phil or Jerry Springer. According to the tabloid newspaper, Welsh rugby player Chris Birch said that his recent stroke turned him gay.

The 26-year-old didn’t experience the fun and sexy kind of stroke, but the deadly type, which requires special attention.

Birch had the stroke when he broke his neck trying to impress his friends with a back flip. When he woke up, he felt like a completely different person with an entirely different personality.

According to Birch, he saw an attractive actor on television who brought about unexpected feelings in him.

“I felt my stomach flutter, and the same feelings I used to have for pretty girls came across me,” said Birch.

He added that he no longer wanted to play sports or hang out with his old friends because he became interested in other activities. He eventually lost weight, changed his appearance, left his job at the bank and became a hairdresser.

Not only did the former rugby player become homosexual, but he turned into the typecast. The only thing missing in his story is the mention of his stroke turning him into a Cher fan.

It’s ridiculous that most of what Birch identifies as homosexual or heterosexual are based on stereotypes.

Gay men don’t play sports? Heterosexual men don’t cut hair? Gay guys don’t do back flips to impress a friend? Maybe that last part came out wrong, but you get what I mean.

I don’t think anything can turn you gay or straight: either you are or you’re not. I think Birch either used his stroke as a way to come out or realized it post-stroke.

If he’s happy, and he truly believes his stroke turned him gay, good for him. Who knows what will happen if ever he suffers another brain attack.

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