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STRAIGHT SPOUSE NETWORK INC
October 30, 2009

I was married for twenty one years. It wasn't until the summer of 2002 that I started finding my husbands lifetime secret. He was gay. Shortly after I asked him to leave, a friend of mine saw an article in Dear Abby. It talked about SSN-The Straight Spouse Network. It is an international organization that lends support through the internet and local support groups for spouses that find themselves married to gay people. I joined the group in the Fall of 2002. SSN saved my life. Yet, it did more then that. It gave me lifetime friends across the United States and abroad. Our mission is to reach out, heal and build bridges. That is exactly what we do. They showed me that I was not alone. They took my devastation and created a new future for myself and my children. Through a horrific time, they gave me hope. I wouldn't be who I am today without thier support. Fondly, Ann St. Croix/NY

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

I had a tremedous impact from this group. I talked with numerous woman who had been married to gay men. Some, still are. I became able to hear the voices of men who had been married to lesbians at a time when I thought all men were evil. I have healed.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

Meeting other str8s. Hugs always abound. They gave me a voice to be heard so that others don't continue to walk in our shoes.

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

I have met Amity Buxton, the woman who began the network, the Executive Director, The Board of Directors, The Council Members, and numerous volunteers.

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

It could reach out to more people. It could provide financial support to people when thier lives fall apart. It could build more bridges.

Ways to make it better...

My husband had chosen to be honest to begin with. He was my best friend. I would not have married him but I would have walked beside him.

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

Financial. We do not have the mechanisms in place to support a group of over 2 million people.

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

Until this happens to you, you do not comprehend the impact of it. The world you knew explodes in your face. Your sense of self is destroyed. Your entire past becomes questionable. Your trust shatttered.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I am on the Council for Straight Spouse Network.