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Review for STRAIGHT SPOUSE NETWORK INC, Mahwah, NJ, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The Straight Spouse Network helped me to reclaim my true self. Having been married to a man who forced celibacy on me with no explanation that made sense, over time, my self esteem was destroyed. I had no faith in my own judgement and my spirit was broken. I didn't care if I lived or died. By bringing me together with others who completely understood me and what I was dealing with, I truly believe the Straight Spouse Network saved my life. I learned how to deal with "pretzel logic". I learned how to help myself while still supporting my gay spouse's need finally to be genuine. SSN is the ONLY organization that does this very important work. While the gay spouses is supported and congratulated for finally coming out, the Straight Spouse is left with realizing that their whole life as they knew it just turned up-side-down and it seems that nobody really cares. SSN cares. SSN helps these straight spouses to resolve coming out issues in a constructive way for not only the straight spouse, but the gay spouse and children and they do it with compassion and respect. It is truly a life-line for many.

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

the friends I've made, but also the education I have received about gay issues. I am now an advocate for gay rights.

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

non-judgemental and compassionate.

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

take every opportunity to let people know we are here. We need to expand our visibility so that those who need us can find us.

Ways to make it better...

I had found the Straight Spouse Network sooner than I did.

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

lack of funding to increase our capacity for outreach.

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

the Straight Spouse Network saves lives.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Volunteer & Initiated a local support group for straight spouses in my community.