Twenty-three year old Scott Purdy claims he began experiencing same sex attraction after taking the painkiller Pregabalin, which he was prescribed after breaking his foot go-karting.
"I noticed my libido for women had gone and I was wanting male attention. 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." Purdy went on to say that he thinks he'll continue taking the drug, which is used for anxiety as well as pain, because it makes him feel "happy about his sexuality."
LGBT groups from far and wide immediately began lampooning Purdy's absurd hypothesis.
"Many LGBT+ people struggle to accept their sexual orientation and/or gender identity," said Rosella Nicosia with the LGBT Foundation. "To state that painkiller medication has an altering effect [on] sexual orientation and/or gender identity is damaging for people who are going through what can be a very difficult and challenging time."
A spokesperson from the charity Stonewall added "There have always been attempts to suggest that there is ‘something in the water’ causing same-sex attraction. But we know that while sexual orientation can certainly be fluid, it cannot be forcibly changed by external influences."
Over on Twitter, users began unanimously admonished Purdy as well.
This morning itv - pregabalin made a man gay. Pretty sure that’s not encrypted in the side effects list 😂🙄— Charlotte Grogan (@Grogan93) April 18, 2018
Many of those correcting him are on Pregabalin themselves.
Sooooo this gentleman on This morning (british chat show) is suggesting that pregabalin made him gay. Well, thank fuck I was already gay when I started taking it.— Round Skunku owo (@Skunkytiem) April 18, 2018
I cannot believe this Scott Purdy geezer believes the painkiller Pregabalin turned him gay. I do not blame LGBT to challenge this.— Kevin TheCob Bolger (@KevPBolger) April 17, 2018
Purdy's hypothesis can be harmful because as long as there is a "gay variable," queerness will be seen by many as unnatural or brought about by certain environments, weakening the knowledge of gender and sexuality's universal and natural variants. We hope Purdy will soon own his sexuality (whatever that may be) without blaming it on medication.