“I Woke Up Gay” on BBC Three and BBC HD

Tonight on BBC Three in the UK, there is a documentary on called “I Woke Up Gay”.

It’s about Chris Birch was a typical, burly, rugby playing lad with a girlfriend and a job in a bank, but after a stroke everything changed. Today Chris looks different, sounds different and has a completely different life – he is a gay, image conscious hairdresser interested in fashion and interior decor. Chris has lost touch with some former friends and family and cannot recall many of the details of his life before the stroke. This film follows Chris as he gets to grips with his new life and his new personality, tries to discover who he used to be and attempts to build bridges with some of the people he has lost touch with.

Should be a good watch. It’s on BBC Three tonight at 9pm. It’s also on BBC HD later at 12:30am. So make you set your PVRs to record it, if you can’t watch it live. It will of course, also be on the BBC iPlayer.

7 Replies to ““I Woke Up Gay” on BBC Three and BBC HD”

  1. I just read a little about that on the BBC news… If I can, I will watch it. Just hope it goes on the iPlayer if not!

  2. Yes, I heard the story on Radio 4 this morning – and Chris Birch being interviewed. I’m working this evening but will watch it tomorrow on iPlayer. It should be extremely interesting.

  3. Hi Gordon , Saw a snippet on youtube as I cant get anything out here , I know the world wide web , super highway and only 2000 miles away . The 3 mins on youtube were WOW and what a lovely young man , ok hair like a magpie had landed on him , He is so lucky he recovered from the stroke …. maybe deep down he always was gay … who know … maybe soon youtube will show a bit more …… and you Gordon …. keep up your good work ..I enjoy watching your snippets … best wishes …Andrew

  4. Well I found a few more snippets which was great … found out he was born only a few miles from my birth town of Merthy Tydfil hmmmmmm what a nice guy , what a nice pair they make , many many thanks for post this story Gordon .

  5. Good documentary. Watched it twice already! I think it IS possible what Chris talks about did happen, since you hear of cases of people having a stroke and/or other head injury and they wake up with the ability to talk a different language or many languages.

    And Chris did say he is happier with himself as he is… especially I think this is true when he looks at the photos of his old self!

    He is certainly a nice guy and I do wish him all the best for the future with Jak.

  6. It was extremely interesting but I’m a bit sceptical. Yes, I certainly agree that it is possible (strokes can and do change personalities) but he seems to have embraced his new sexuality so easily and readily I think his “gayness” was probably already there, just waiting to emerge. I have come to believe, through my own personal experiences over the years, that many men are bisexual anyway. A very personable guy though, and I wish him well. It would be great to revisit him in 5 years’ time and see how he’s fared.

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