Straight Spouse Network Inc

Rating: 4.91 stars   137 reviews


P.O. Box 4985 Chicago IL 60080 USA


Who we are: Current and former Straight Spouses/Partners of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender people, Mixed Orientation Couples and our Families and Friends. What we do Serve straight spouses, mixed orientation couples, families and community by: * Reaching Out to increase visibility of straight spouses and accessibility to support * Healing and empowering straight spouses to cope constructively * Building Bridges between spouses, within families and with the larger community through support, education and advocacy The Straight Spouse Network (SSN) is an international organization that provides personal, confidential support and information to heterosexual spouses/partners, current or former, of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender mates and mixed-orientation couples for constructively resolving coming-out problems. SSN also offers research-based information about spouse, couple, and family issues and resources to other family members, professionals, community organizations, and the public. SSN is the only support network of its kind in the world. As outreach, the network offers information about spouse and family issues, mixed orientation marriages and spouse resources to professionals, community organizations and the media.


* 53 support groups in the US and other countries * Spouse contacts for individual sharing in most US states and several foreign countries * Eight online support groups, most with chats and webs attached * Best of Northeast in the 2009 Pride Choice Awards, sponsored by GreatNonprofits

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Provided for continuing avenues of communication with new and existing straight spouses who seek and require support. Promoted meetings of straight spouses. Provide on going web related information services, on-line bulletin board communications and live gatherings for direct communication among spouses.

produced newsletter for constituents who sign up to receive it.

fostered collective understanding and support for the rights and needs of the straight spouses in mixed orientation relationships.

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Reviews for Straight Spouse Network Inc

Rating: 5 stars  

After 15 years of marriage my wife told me that she is gay. I was dumbfounded and lost and sad and angry. I have found and place where I can talk to people in similar situations. This organization has been a true lifesaver as I struggle to rebound from what I thought was forever

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Rating: 5 stars  

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Quite simply, Straight Spouse Network saved my life. When my ex wife disclosed to me that she was a lesbian, I felt totally alone. Then I found this organization and was embraced by a community of people who GET it and were able to help me heal. The organization has an online forum, and many face to face groups for people who feel lost just as I did.

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

the healing of it's members. It's comforting to know that there are people who know how do deal with spouses coming out.

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

not change a thing.

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

Meeting a wealth of new friends.

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

very hard working and on top of how the organization is run and how they get right to any problems that might arise.

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

...train and hire counselors who can specialize in the repercussions of spouses coming out.

Ways to make it better...

...come to think of it, I can't think of a way my experience with SSN could be better.

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

usually outside of the realm of control, such as gay rights and same sex marriage, which might have a good impact on the number of people who have to deal with spouses coming out.

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

I wish I had known about SSN 12 years ago when I met my second wife, after having had my first wife come out. I know this organization now...and recommend that even if you suspect your spouse of being gay, stop by and let us know.

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