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June 20, 2013
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June 20, 2013
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This network is a Godsend. It is helped me not drown in my life. I was so overwhelmed when my ex put me through this and I felt like I wanted to run away and never come back. BUT I WAS a MOTHER and I couldn't.

The network gave me a safe place to CRY, YELL, and get the support and NOT the
judgement.

It was what saved my sanity.

Thank you!

Isabel

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More in person meetings. Opportunities to have workshops with the founder or with counselors to deal with day to day issues of this problem

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

July 16, 2012

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July 16, 2012

This organization allowed my ex-husband to out me as gay which was very hurtful. I am NOT gay. I am bisexual. I left my ex-husband because he was abusive. Outting me as gay is a continuation of this abuse after the marriage has legally ended. I did attempt to contact this organization but have not received a reply.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unlikely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 28, 2012
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June 28, 2012
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They have been very supportive of my experience, and explained to me certain behaviors of people coming out, they helped staying afloat on this hard times

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

September 7, 2010

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September 7, 2010

Without a doubt The Straight Spouse Network, and the amazing people I've met there, have kept me going at a time in my life when I thought I could not go on. I can't express how important it is just knowing that there are others out there in my situation; that I'm not alone, and that I don't have to live in someone else's closet out of shame or guilt that I somehow caused my spouse's sexual identity issues. There seems to be so little support for the straight spouse in this situation; it's as if the gay/bi spouse is the only one who's considered courageous for coming out, while we're often thought of as the obstacle that had to be overcome. We lived THEIR lie, not the other way around. I hope and pray that this incredible organization continues to be there for those of us who need it...and there's a lot more of us out there than many care to admit. -Steve S. in NJ

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Online message boards and face to face meetings in my area.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

December 27, 2009

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December 27, 2009

My former husband was abusive throughout the marriage. After I left him, this network provided him support again me. There are at least 2 sides to every story. My side was not allowed to be told.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Offer support to both people in the relationship, not just one person.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide support to the other person in the relationship

Ways to make it better...

If I were allowed to tell my side of the story.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 27, 2009

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August 27, 2009

After too many dead-end phone calls to 24 hour support and crisis centers, and extensive internet research, I was finally able to find a calming supportive source of quality information. I was literally told that because I was not gay, I could not receive any support from the call centers. Support for straight spouses is sorely lacking, and the upheaval of such individual's lives deserves support, and good guidance just as much as the person coming out of the closet. It would be very helpful to have a 24 hour phone line available for emotional support for straight spouses. Thank you for all that you are doing. Just reading the information on the website is helping me cope, at a time when I feel totally isolated from my family and friends.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the high quality, range and depth of the information and resources presented.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

add a 24/7 crisis call center

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 6, 2009

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July 6, 2009

If I had only found this organization five years sooner than I did, my life would have looked very different. A life saving organization that allows straight spouses of LGB to feel less isolated and crazy.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Making people who are on the brink of many bad things feel less alone and "normal". Empowering people to make the right choices for their family and situation.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Update the website and marketing materials.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The long lasting relationships I made with the other members in this community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I have not met any in person.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reach many many more individuals like me who are struggling but don't know that this life boat exists. Educate society about the "other side of the closet".

Ways to make it better...

I had found them sooner!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Lack of funding and lack of understanding in the community.

One thing I'd also say is that...

They saved my sanity and many other lives.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 6, 2009

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July 6, 2009

Recently my wife informed me that she was gay and would be leaving me for another woman. I had no one to talk to and no where to turn. I was devastated to say the least. I found the SSN and now I have hope. They are a family of great people that have experienced what I am going through. They have welcomed me in with open arms and are helping me through what now seems to be the worst time in my life. I talk to them daily and learn from all of the great people how to better cope with the terrible situation I have found myself in. I don't know how I would be able to work through this without the help of these great friends!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The great encouragement that I've received from the entire group. No one ever tells you what to do, just helps guide you to find the right solution for your situation.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 1, 2009

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July 1, 2009

This organisation helped me enormously when my world fell apart after my wife of 32 years left me to live with another woman, in another country. She was my world, and my world was shattered. Now nearly two years later I m on the road to recovery and building a new life thanks to the Straight Spouse Network.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the difference it has made in my own life.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Promote it more widely

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The love and compassion shown by members of this community toward me.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Wonderful people!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

transform the lives of so many more like me.

Ways to make it better...

I had found SSN sooner.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of recognition from the wiuder community

One thing I'd also say is that...

I never looked back after joining.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 17, 2009

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June 17, 2009

SSN or Straight Spouse Network is a nonprofit organization of which I have been a member of for six years. In 2002, I found out that my husband was gay and we had been married for 21 years. My life was devastated and I had little hope for the future. I did not understand why he had married me and had two chldren with me. I was confused and angry. A friend of mine saw an article in Dear Abbey and connected me to SSN. I started posting and sharing my story and very quickly realized that I was not the only one. I can honestly say that they saved my life. They gave me hope at a time when I had none. Thier support and compassion was overwhelming. Thier support helped me to understand the lesbian, gay and transgendered experience and become sensitive to thier needs. It is my goal that through education and legistlation, there will be less Str8 Spouses left in the dust. All of us together can make this happen. Hugs, Ann St. Croix

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through our goal of Reaching Out, Healing, and Building Bridges, we honor each others feelings and build bridges with the gay community.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Be Proud. Thanks to Amity and Cathy for paving our way.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Loving support and knowing that someone is only a phone call away.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Incredible. Always looking for new ways to reach out and build bridges with the gay community.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reach more str8s and save lives. Build stronger networks with our gay community.

Ways to make it better...

Gay c ommunity is more supportive of who the str8 spouse is and our role in trying to move forward.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Visibility.

One thing I'd also say is that...

As the str8 spouse in a gay marriage, unbenounced to me, my life blew apart. I was not privy to knowing that he had been gay all his life. It was his secret. It destroyed my self worth. SSN helped me retain my dignity.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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