26-year-old Chris Birch, of Ystrad Mynach, South Wales, claims that a gym accident caused him to become gay. Birch says he was trying to do a back flip during training, but broke his neck and suffered a stroke. After the incident, he woke up in the hospital and realized his sexuality had changed.
Experts say the “personality changes” may have been caused by the stroke. This "change" caused the former rugby player to break up with his fiancée, quit his job in a bank, train as a hairdresser, lose weight and move in with his 19-year-old boyfriend.
Birch recalled his time in the hospital following his accident: “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 was definitely gay. 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.”
Before the accident, Birch had spent his weekends watching sports and drinking with his friends, but after the accident he says that all changed: “Suddenly, I hated everything about my old life. I didn’t get on with my friends, I hated sport and found my job boring. I started to take more pride in my appearance, bleached my hair and started working out. People I used to know barely recognized me and with my new look I became even more confident.”
A neurologist and told Birch it could have been a stroke opening up a different part of his brain. Birch has no regrets about his transformation: “I’m nothing like the old Chris now but I wouldn’t change a thing."