‘Painkiller pills turned me gay’ claims man who ditched his girlfriend after breaking his foot


Scott Purdy, 23, described himself as a hot-blooded heterosexual who enjoyed dating women before he started taking painkiller Pregabalin

From: UK Mirror

A 23-year-old man has claimed that painkillers he took after a go-karting accident unexpectedly turned him gay.

Scott Purdy, 23, described himself as a hot-blooded heterosexual who enjoyed dating women before he started taking painkiller Pregabalin, also known as Lyrica.

He believes the drug caused him to lose his sexual attraction to women and prompted him to dump his girlfriend because he realised he was attracted to men.

Scott was prescribed the drug after breaking his foot earlier this year.

He said: “I noticed my libido for women had gone and I was wanting male attention.

Scott was prescribed the painkillers after he broke his foot earlier this year (Image: SWNS- Cambridge)
Lyrica is manufactured by Pfizer – the pharmaceutical giant which also makes Viagra used to treat sexual dysfunction in both men and women (Image: SWNS- Cambridge)

“I was with a girlfriend I had been with for around six months. I had never been interested in men. When I was younger I was a little bit curious but…

“A couple of weeks after I started taking it I turned around and said I didn’t find her physically attractive anymore. She knew I was taking Pregabalin.

“I said to her, ‘I don’t really know what’s happening to me and I told her I like men and I just can’t be with you.’

“She was relatively understanding, as understanding as you could possibly be.”

Pregabalin or Lyrica is a medication used to treat epilepsy, pain associated with the brain, and generalized anxiety disorder.

Its documented side effects include loss of libido and mood swings.

Scott Purdy with ex-girlfriend Sarah in February this year (Image: SWNS- Cambridge)

Scott added: “I just think people should know about this.

“If anyone gets prescribed this in the future, I think they should know what this medication can do.

“It took me a while to realise what it was. I stopped taking it for a few weeks and that desire for men just left.”

“But I’m on it now; I’m very happy. I want to keep on taking it because it makes me feel happy about my sexuality. It’s made me feel very open. It’s liberating.

“Pregabalin is also used to control paranoia and anxiety. It’s made me so open and not bothered what people think or say.

“I had been taking it for a few weeks and I have come to the realisation that when I take it I want males.

Scott said he was a hot-blooded heterosexual before painkillers turned him gay (Image: SWNS- Cambridge)

“It did come as a shock to people. I posted it on Facebook . I didn’t tell them the reason why but I just said to them, ‘I’m open; I’m gay.’

“Currently I’m talking to this lad on Plenty of Fish and in a couple of weeks I’m going up to see him. He’s in London.

“It’s really what I’m craving right now. I want to be with him right now.”

Scott had been taking Codeine until January this year, but has been experiencing negative side-effects, so his GP prescribed him Pregabalin.

He says that it was only after taking Pregabalin that his sexual preferences changed.

Scott split with his girlfriend after discovering he was attracted to men (Image: SWNS- Cambridge)

He said: “I feel if this has happened to other people and I’m not the only one I would be outraged but in a sense not be because if I had known this was a side effect before I would not have taken them but now I’m happy.

“I’m not angry because it’s made me who I am.”

Scott is unemployed and currently lives with his housemate in Louth, Lincs.

Lyrica is manufactured by Pfizer – the pharmaceutical giant which also makes Viagra used to treat sexual dysfunction in men.

A spokeswoman for Pfizer said: “When prescribed and administered appropriately as per the approved label, Lyrica® (pregabalin) is an important and effective treatment option for many people living with chronic neuropathic pain, generalised anxiety disorder and epilepsy.

Scott with former girlfriend Sarah earlier this year (Image: SWNS- Cambridge)

“The clinical effectiveness of this medicine has been demonstrated in a large number of robust clinical trials among thousands of patients living with these conditions. To date, the worldwide exposure to pregabalin is an estimated 34 million patient years.


“If you are taking a medicine and experience any unexpected side effects, we recommend that you immediately report these to your doctor or to another healthcare professional, such as a nurse or carer.

“The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) can also be contacted through its Yellow Card reporting system (

“Patient safety is, and will always be, Pfizer’s utmost priority. We work with regulatory authorities around the world to continuously evaluate and monitor safety for each and every Pfizer medicine through ongoing clinical research, analysis and surveillance.”


What It’s Like To Love A Gay Man Who Isn’t Out (And Tells His Pals I’m A WOMAN)

dating someone who is not out of the closet

He told his friends my name was “Ashley.”

Ten years ago, I met the second love of my life. I say “second” because there have been three loves of my life. He wasn’t the first, he wasn’t the last, but he was the most influential. I don’t mean that to downplay the importance of the other two. However, he was the one I was with the longest and he was the one that I learned the most from. For the sake of his privacy, we’ll call him L.

I met L on a hookup website. This was not the kind of website that you go to find a partner; this was a place to meet someone, satisfy your needs fairly instantly, and then move on about your life. If you were lucky, you might land a friend with benefits, but it was mostly for one-night stands.

I saw his picture and was immediately into him. I instantly messaged him and anxiously awaited his response. He finally messaged me back and we ended up talking for 4 hours.

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Take a Stand on Your Grindr Profile

Grindr Op Ed Via Deuchebags Of Grindr

Discrimination runs rampant on the most popular gay hookup app. Writer Lenny Gerard informs fellow users he won’t accept stereotyping and wants you to do the same.

By: Lenny Gerard/The Advocate

In my time spent on Grindr, I’ve seen about one in five profiles include lines like “no fatties, no fems, no Asians, no Blacks/Latinos, white only.” Willful ignorance and the normalization of it further spreads the notion that it is OK to be intolerant and hurtful.

I often find that people on Grindr have discriminatory beliefs about their personal, romantic, and sexual preferences. People think it’s OK to discriminate when it comes down to whom they spend their time with (dating or “smashing”). They say it’s merely a preference, but enforced separation of racial groups and communities on the app is simply segregation.


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Lee Daniel’s “Empire” Still too Gay for some African Americans

The  Academy Award nominated director producer has long pushed the envelope in his films, from Monsters Ball and Precious to the Paperboy. Mr Daniel convinced Oprah Winfrey to playing a wife who cheated on her devoted husband in The Butler.

In an resent interview with Bevy Smith “Bevelations” on Sirius Xm, Daniels said his harshest criticism comes from the African American community.

People were outraged when Halle Berry’s character had sex with a white man in Monsters Ball.

On Empire, Jussie Smollett’s character (Jamal Lyon) has always been gay,his initial  love interest was (Michael Sanchez) Rafeal De La Fuente.

A few weeks ago, fans were introduced to (D-major) Tobias Truvillion . On the show,he plays an artistic director of an awards show.  His character is also on the DL, D-major) always seen with beautiful women.  In one scene he grabs a surprised Jamel and kisses him, a love scene follows.

 The Kiss blew up Black Twitter, it also generated criticism. There are some who believe the show has a gay agenda.

Empire is Fox’s highest rated show.


 Get ready for the envelope to be pushed again.

Lee Daniels “Star”

The new series looks inside a girl group

Starring Queen Latifah and Bengamin Bratt    

The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Season 6 ep17) Peter Thomas the Newest Housewife?

By CityFella:

Perhaps I’m confused.  A few weeks ago Bravo teased us with a confrontation between Peter Thomas and Gregg Leaks.  Wuh Happened?

Nene on the shores of Denial

Bravo saved us from a long rehash of the Bailey Bowl Brawl ( say that three times fast). Nene and Cynthia who haven’t seen each other since the BBB met at a store shopping for a swimsuit  for their Mexican Vacation.  Cynthia expressed disappointment at deterioration of the BBB.  Nene acted as if she wasn’t there ,asking Cynthia what happened?   As Cynthia uncomfortably attempted to review the BBB. Nene shut her down. ” I have no idea what your talking about and if you think for one second if were gonna talk about Marlo-you are absolutely out of your mind. Marlo is never coming up in a conversation with me!    Meanwhile  Kenya and Marlo reviewed BBB. Marlo tells Kenya, Nene threaten her” if your a friend of Kenya’s you cant be mine.”

A Very Brief Visit with Phaedra and her soon to be vanishing husband, Apollo

Phaedra has some misgivings about the trip to Mexico.   Misgivings=Apollo and Kenya.  Initially, Phaedra  says she doesn’t want Apollo to go.   But you know the folks at Bravo overrode that, cause they know there is going to be some fireworks between her identity stealing husband and Kenya.

Phaedra hasn’t had much of story line this season.(most of her drama has been off camera)  However, the woman is consistently funny.

This Week

“I’d rather Porsha take my Black History exams(ouch) than let “that Rentley driving, no-man-having, harlot in Atlanta,”

What is a Rentley?(ding) : A rented Bentley
(Kenya says its a gift from her African beau)

Peter Thomas RHOA’s Newest Housewife-Kordell Steward RHOA’s soon to be divorced husband

Peter Thomas (Cynthia’s husband) is clearly the most active househusband.  He has thrown shade and had fights with the Queen Bee.    Last night, Bravo went into uncharted waters.  A segment with just the househusbands.      Peter went to Kordell’s house (Porsha’s soon to be ex) to get his take on their divorce. (huh?)

 Kordell went for sympathy.  Single father, overbearing in-laws. (his mommy in law ate a large pepperoni pizza  on his cream chairs in their bedroom the horror-and dude if your concerned about the gay rumors, this doesn’t help “cream chairs”?) 

In Mexico, Peter then Kenya pounced on Porsha, about a very private matter(her divorce) that was really no ones business.  Other members joined in, including Todd ( Kandi’s Fiance)the only real ally she had was Gregg Leakes (Nene’s Husband). It was difficult not to feel sorry for Porsha who had defend every things she said.

“Next week Mexican Fireworks”

Last Week

Japans Gay Community wants better living conditions

As the number of countries legalizing gay marriage has risen, the gay and lesbian community in Japan has been encouraged as well to engage more and more in activities that will improve their living conditions.

Japan does not have an anti-gay law or legal protections for homosexuals. Some in the gay community are actively seeking legislation to guarantee their rights, but others, especially those who remain in the closet, prefer a more gradual approach by striving to solve problems they face in their daily lives, activists say, according to Kyodo news agency.

Kaito Akechi, 36, a gay activist who has been lobbying for a “partnership law” in Japan to provide legal protections for same-sex couples, said his group aims to raise the status of homosexual couples so that they can be treated the same way as heterosexual couples in common-law marriages.

Japan situates itself in the middle when it comes to gay marriage. While it does not obviously discriminate sexual minorities, it does not show too much support either for recognizing or legalizing unions between same-sex couples.

Gay or lesbian marriages are not legal in Japan and civil unions between same-sex couples are not recognized either.

However, the first lesbian wedding in Japan was hosted this year, in March, at Tokyo Disneyland. The two brides, Koyuki Higashi and her partner Hiroko, decided to tie the knot, with the nuptials being only ceremonial.

“My love Hiroko and I wore wedding dresses and had a mini-parade in DisneySea, a place I also love,” Ms Koyuki Higashi, 28, said at the time. “I was really happy!”

From Tokyo Times


FIRST: Jason Collins

A few weeks ago my daughter and I saw 42, the movie about Jackie Robinson .   It was a very moving  as I know the loneliness and the ongoing emotional line one walks when he is the first.

The first person stands straight, he or she measures their words because we know the expectations, we know someone is waiting for the shoe to drop.

Jason Collins struggled with who he is nearly all his life.  Struggles are personal and what works for one doesn’t automatically works for the next person.  Jason said  the reason he didn’t come out sooner  was due to the his loyalty to his team.

He came out his way, under his terms. He could have taken the conventional route , interviewed on TV by Barbara Walters or Diane Sawyer  or  gone to People magazine.   He didn’t, the Stanford Grad and  12 year NBA veteran wrote and told his own story.   He could have chosen any publication ( An openly gay athlete in professional sports is news ) and while it may not have been a calculated move, by choosing  Sports  Illustrated, he has forced the conversation in a publication directed to the heterosexual male .

Gay men in sports will be debated at barber shops and sports bars all over the nation.

His motives will come into question.  Most of his life he has showered with groups of men.  Socialized and shared intimate moments with heterosexual men.  Many will feel betrayed.

In the May issue of Sport’s Illustrated  he writes……

I’ve been asked how other players will respond to my announcement. The simple answer is, I have no idea. I’m a pragmatist. I hope for the best, but plan for the worst. The biggest concern seems to be that gay players will behave unprofessionally in the locker room. Believe me, I’ve taken plenty of showers in 12 seasons. My behavior wasn’t an issue before, and it won’t be one now. My conduct won’t change. I still abide by the adage, “What happens in the locker room stays in the locker room.” I’m still a model of discretion.

. Maybe they’ll talk about my character and what kind of person I am.

As far as the reaction of fans, I don’t mind if they heckle me. I’ve been booed before. There have been times when I’ve wanted to boo myself. But a lot of ill feelings can be cured by winning.

I’m a veteran, and I’ve earned the right to be heard. I’ll lead by example and show that gay players are no different from straight ones. I’m not the loudest person in the room, but I’ll speak up when something isn’t right. And try to make everyone laugh.

There are many bumps ahead for Jason Collins, not only will is his sexuality new to his teammates, but it is also new to friends and family .(he came out to his twin brother last summer)   He is  a free agent next year.  If a team chooses the 34 year old, controversy will follow.

He is now the face of Gay Athletes as his every word, move will be examined closely.  It’s not something he signed up for, its simply one of the consequences  that comes with  being the first.

Whatever the outcome,whatever the price for Jason Collins  it is worth it, for the first time in his 34 years,  he is free of the shadows, a weight has been removed, Jason Collins is a openly Gay man.


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