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"Chris Birch is a Welsh lad who claims a stroke turned him gay."
BY A MAN
^ queen of subtext
Was he cross?
Was he annoyed?
but, whilst I'm not 100% certain I believe the stroke truly turned him gay (oo-er), it's fucking terrifying how much strokes can change your personality...
and that made a huge difference to his personality, he is a different man and doesn't remember much from before it happened...
In either case, it must be frightening for the person involved and utterly, utterly weird for family and friends to come to terms with.
he started acting really weirdly. like, bursting into tears over really strange things, waking up every morning at 5am, being emotionally distant and having different interests. it didn't seem like an issue to him though because he wasn't aware of any change. my mother, however found it very difficult to come to terms with. they're ok now but that's just a minor thing, i can imagine that sexuality isn't a million miles away from a change in personality? i don't know anything of course, but these things can have a very big impact on the way your brain works etc.
besides why would he make it up? it makes no sense.
I'm just not entirely sure it's as simple as the stroke switching a switch in his brain and him going from 100% heterosexual to 100% homosexual, which was how he seemed to see it and the newspapers reported it. I think sexuality might be a more subtle, complex and greyer area than that.
Of course nobody (including sadly, due to his memory loss, the chap himself) is ever going to know exactly what he felt and thought before and what he feels and thinks now so it's impossible to tell exactly what's changed but I think, sensationalism aside, it's a hell of an interesting issue.
and sexuality isn't a black and white thing. i think it's just a change in natural urges which you define yourself by. most "straight" people have probably been attracted to the same sex at some point in their lives, and i think this applies to gay men and women too... it can be incredibly confusing. i really wish there wasn't so much emphasis on defining one's sexuality in a black and white way because it's a psychologically stressful situation to be in when you realise one day, that you might be a little bit straight or gay. it's very much a sliding scale. but that's a whole different matter.
they're all closeted. it's well known.
although I really don't think the stroke made him gay (lolz). Look at the guy from Liverpool who became an artist after his stroke (having never been at all interested in art prior). It was obviously something embedded within his bran that was laying dormant, and the stroke triggered it.
I've been eating Alpen for years.
The Geordie woman whose stroke gave her a Jamaican accent. Of all the accents, she got one that will make people think she's either racist or pretentious.
Australian? French? You could pull those off without looking like a dick.
The only way it could have been worse would have been to suddenly develop a 1970s sitcom Pakistani accent.
He can feel the pain of slavery in a way none of us will.
I have massive sympathy for her but if that happened to one of my mates, I honestly don't think I would be able to not piss myself laughing. And even they got upset, they'd get upset IN A JAMAICAN ACCENT, making it even funnier. Poor poor woman. I hope her mates aren't as dickish as me.