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kweerwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-19-05 02:38 PM
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Is There a 'Brokeback Mountain' Syndrome?
With office water coolers bubbling over with talk of Brokeback Mountains realistic depiction of sexual honesty and heartbreak, nationally-recognized gay relationship/gay marriage expert Dale Bullock suggests that the emotional crisis that is core to the plot may afflict thousands of Americans who choose to forge heterosexual relationships that belie their innate homosexual natures.

Could There Be a Brokeback Mountain Syndrome?

The difficulty that arises between the two main characters in the film is not unusual in the gay and lesbian world. This Brokeback Mountain Syndrome occurs when someone is compelled by their own fears (such as Brokebacks Ennis Del Mar) or by the pressures of society (Brokebacks Jack Twist) to sublimate their same-gender feelings, often re-directing them unsuccessfully to members of the opposite sex.

The result is personal unhappiness and depression that undermines their attempts to form long-term loving relationships. This adversely affects not only them, but the people closest to them, such as spouses and children.

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2005/12/prweb322386.htm
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hobo_baggins Donating Member (754 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-19-05 02:43 PM
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1. i think so, as a straight male, i know lots of gay men....
who are married to married to strait women...and pretend like nothing is wrong.
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Democrats_win Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-19-05 02:45 PM
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2. Certainly. Only todays acceptance is allowing a new generation to be free
finally.
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Lex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-19-05 02:52 PM
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3. Or some people just never think about it. They are on a conveyor belt
in life. And they never question the heterosexual conveyor belt dumping them into high school dates, the prom, college dating, marriage, and a couple of kids.

Sometime later in life, after the kids are grown, and they start to ponder their feelings then they get a lightbulb moment.

I've dubbed all their years up to that point "The Heterosexual Conveyor Belt" not making fun of them or it, but that's just the way society works I think.



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Tab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-19-05 02:56 PM
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4. Don't know, and haven't seen the movie
but one thing I found annoying about the promotion was the first treatment I had seen (can't remember where - kind of an Entertainment Tonight thing, I think, or maybe a lifestyle segment on CNN), reviewed the movie, and then ran a short segment on how one of the main actors - I think Glynhaal (sp?) found true love on the set with another actress, and I think he might have proposed.

It might be a nice human interest story, but it struck me as a way to defuse - if not apologize for - the subject matter of the film. "See, they're not really gay - one of them fell in love with an actress!". There was absolutely no reason to attach that segment to the review - it's like they were embarassed by their own movie that they were promoting.
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AmericanErrorist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-19-05 03:10 PM
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5. It is a Press Release, So here's the full text
Is There a 'Brokeback Mountain' Syndrome? Many Gay and Lesbian Americans May be Suffering the Heartbreak Portrayed in the Film

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) December 19, 2005 -- With office water coolers bubbling over with talk of Brokeback Mountains realistic depiction of sexual honesty and heartbreak, nationally-recognized gay relationship/gay marriage expert Dale Bullock suggests that the emotional crisis that is core to the plot may afflict thousands of Americans who choose to forge heterosexual relationships that belie their innate homosexual natures.

Could There Be a Brokeback Mountain Syndrome?

The difficulty that arises between the two main characters in the film is not unusual in the gay and lesbian world. This Brokeback Mountain Syndrome occurs when someone is compelled by their own fears (such as Brokebacks Ennis Del Mar) or by the pressures of society (Brokebacks Jack Twist) to sublimate their same-gender feelings, often re-directing them unsuccessfully to members of the opposite sex.

The result is personal unhappiness and depression that undermines their attempts to form long-term loving relationships. This adversely affects not only them, but the people closest to them, such as spouses and children.

In his years of bringing gay and lesbian couples together, Bullock has seen again and again the emotionally-destructive results of submerging or misdirecting homosexual feelings, preventing gays and lesbians from forging successful relationships.

Gay Relationships Expert Now Available for Interviews

A recognized expert in the fields of gay marriage, civil unions, gay monogamy and gay online dating, Dale Bullock can provide a full definition of the problem, anecdotal evidence of how it has evolved over the years and sensible advice on how to successfully pursue the love of one's choice within todays society.

About Dale Bullock and Bonds Limited

Dale Bullock is the leading expert in matchmaking for gay and lesbian relationships. As founder and president of San Francisco-based Bonds Limited (www.bondslimited.com ), the oldest and most respected gay matchmaking service in the USA, Bullock has matched hundreds of same-sex couples over the past ten years.




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pocket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-19-05 03:20 PM
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6. i call it the "Brain Candy" Syndrome
after Scott Thompson's character in that movie.
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