So, perhaps sexuality can be changed after all, if you have a stroke. A somewhat drastic method, I think.
I’ve found the story told in most detail in The Mirror. A Welsh rugby player, engaged to be married, had a stroke resulting from a nasty accident when attempting a somersault. The story goes that, after he recovered from the stroke, he was gay. He also lost interest in sport and his banking job, retrained as a hairdresser, and now lives above his salon with his boyfriend.
Instinct magazine gives two explanations of what happened.
Stroke sufferers often exhibit peculiar changes following the traumatic event, changes that could include taking on new accents, new personalities. But 26-year old Birch’s might take the cake.
Birch’s own neurologist explains the circumstances as the stroke “opening up” a part of his patient’s brain to which he was previously unaware; while Joe Korner, director of communications for the U.K.’s Stroke Association, says, “Strokes are traumatic, life-changing experiences, which can make you reassess life and your feelings so perhaps that’s the reason behind it,” Korner said. “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.”
So either the stroke opened up a gay potential which had previously been hidden away, or Chris had always been gay but had suppressed it. Either way, it seems the outcome was good, and he’s happy in his new life. Fascinating story, though.