According to The Guardian, a young Welsh man who had a stroke woke up to realize he wasn’t attracted to women.
A year ago, Chris Birch, 26, was a 19st beer-swilling athlete from the Welsh valleys who loved motorbikes and was engaged to marry his girlfriend at the time.
However, after suffering a stroke, he woke up to realise that he was no longer attracted to women.
He has since slimmed down, quit his job in a bank to become a hairdresser and is engaged to another man.
The article goes on to explain that even Birch’s current fiancé believes that Birch must have always been gay, to some degree, and is just now realizing it. It is indeed a perplexing and controversial case… The Guardian further explains:
Dr Qazi Rahman, an expert in human sexual orientation who has researched the neurological differences between gay and straight people, invited Mr Birch to undergo tests to see if he may have been born gay.
He found that in half the tests, Mr Birch performed in the “expected direction” for a gay man, and for the other half was within the range of a straight man.
So what gives? The Guardian quotes Birch as explaining that he knew for sure he was not gay before his stroke:
“I’m convinced more than ever looking at the photos that the stroke did turn me gay, because there is no way that I was gay before. I have photos as proof and I have friends as proof and now I have memories as proof.
“It’s like looking at somebody else, but with my face only younger, and in all fairness, if I met myself I’d probably carry on walking.”
What do you guys think?
Can a person be “made” gay? What are the social and psychological consequences to a case like this? Does this support the idea of homosexuality being biologically determined, or does it reinforce detractors’ assertions that one can choose their sexuality?
Photo courtesy of Akira Ohgaki