Guy Who Says That Stroke Turned Him Gay Confronts Former Straight Self in Documentary

Rich Juzwiak · 04/18/12 12:10PM

Last night, a documentary on Chris Birch, the macho rugby player from Wales who suffered a stroke and emerged gay, aired on British television. In I Woke Up Gay, Birch appears to be enormously comfortable with his newfound sexuality (dig those bleached bangs), but he still expresses the frustration and turmoil that typically accompanies burgeoning acceptance of one's queerness. He's convinced that his stroke "turned" him gay, and meets resistance frequently from people bristling at the very notion. (Several turn up in the film, including his current boyfriend.)