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Rugby player has stroke, wakes up gay, becomes hairdresser … ta da!

Nov 8, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT


Oh, that old story. Meet Chris Birch, 26, who claims that after a gym accident and subsequent stroke, he woke up gay. According to the London Daily Mail, Birch had been a 265-pound rugby enthusiast who was engaged to be married — to a woman — and worked in a bank. But after waking in the hospital following his stroke, he suddenly felt, well, fabulous.

“I wasn’t interested in women any more. I was definitely gay,” Birch said. “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.”

Birch immediately started losing weight, quit his job at the bank and became a hairdresser, according to the Daily Mail.

Chris retrained as a hairdresser and now lives with his partner Jack Powell, 19, above the salon in which he works.

He 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.

This would be easier to believe it it wasn’t so cliche: there are plenty of gay men who aren’t thin hairdressers. Some even play rugby. But this story is the darling of the British tabloids this morning.

And it’s, not surprisingly, touching a nerve already. Because if human sexuality is proven to be determined on a strictly neurological basis, well, that puts a lot of anti-gay fundamentalists out of business. Now, who needs a perm?

Burly rugby player has a stroke after freak gym accident… wakes up gay and becomes a hairdresser [London Daily Mail]

  1. tntriathlete - Nov 8, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    “This would be easier to believe it it wasn’t so cliche”

    Cliche is a NOUN, not an ADJECTIVE. Using it as an adjective makes you sound like an uneducated hack. It doesn’t exactly speak well for your editors either. (I’m not usually the grammar police but this is one of my biggest pet peeves. Take it as constructive criticism.)

    • philcommander - Nov 8, 2011 at 5:36 PM

      Haven’t you ever heard somebody say “Oh, that’s so yesterday” ?
      I think that his use of the word cliche was appropiate.
      In your comment you wrote “Take it as constructive criticism.” what does “it” refer to? Shouldn’t you have written “Take this as constructive criticism”?
      Just saying…

      • goforthanddie - Nov 8, 2011 at 6:44 PM

        Tis good you’re not the grammar cops, because you suck at it.

    • lgm717 - Nov 9, 2011 at 10:22 AM

      Wow how amazing is this?!? From….

      • lgm717 - Nov 9, 2011 at 10:25 AM


        1. a trite, stereotyped expression; a sentence or phrase, usually expressing a popular or common thought or idea, that has lost originality, ingenuity, and impact by long overuse, as sadder but wiser, or strong as an ox.
        2. (in art, literature, drama, etc.) a trite or hackneyed plot, character development, use of color, musical expression, etc.
        3. anything that has become trite or commonplace through overuse.
        4. British Printing.
        a. a stereotype or electrotype plate.
        b. a reproduction made in a like manner.

        5. trite; hackneyed; stereotyped; clichéd.

      • seannymo - Nov 9, 2011 at 12:03 PM

        boom roasted