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Today Is National Coming Out Day

Posted by on Oct 11, 2017 in Blog | 26 comments

Today Is National Coming Out Day
Today is National Coming Out Day. It is a day that the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has designated as a day to celebrate and support those who live openly as LGBTQ people or as their allies.

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Reaching Out of the Darkness

Posted by on Oct 8, 2017 in Blog | 7 comments

We reach out. That’s what we do at the Straight Spouse Network. It’s our mission. We reach out. We build bridges. Where are we reaching, and where are those bridges going? On average, 200 people EACH month contact the Straight Spouse Network – looking for help with no where else to turn.

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How Does the Straight Spouse Network Help You?

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

How Does the Straight Spouse Network Help You?
When you need help – you’ve just discovered that your husband or wife is having a relationship or sexual activity with people of the same gender – how does the Straight Spouse Network help you?

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When Your Spouse Says “That Doesn’t Mean I’m Gay”

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in Blog | 25 comments

You confront your spouse – you ask the question – “Are you gay?”

And they tell you no.

They don’t deny what you found, but they tell you “That doesn’t mean I’m gay.”

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Two Realities

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Blog | 18 comments

By Ron Exler Two realities. It’s how many of us protect ourselves at the start, and the path I chose. It was all I could do to keep functioning in my job and personal life. It became almost normal after months of living that way. And it was difficult, exhausting, and only made me sadder.

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Unreal Reality

Posted by on Jul 17, 2017 in Blog | 7 comments

Unreal Reality
By Janet McMonagle, Communications Director, Straight Spouse Network
From time to time, the Straight Spouse Network receives requests from media organizations who claim they want to connect with real live straight spouses. They want to tell the stories of our mixed orientation marriages, and feature actual people as part of the story.

These organizations appear to be interested in actually telling our stories. But many times, the story has already been written, and they want to dress it up. The truth of our experiences may or may not survive in their version of our own reality.

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Shhhh…Don’t Say That! Part 2

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in Blog | 45 comments

We need support and resources from professionals who are capable of taking into account that our spouses are both gay and mentally ill, without silencing or shutting us down as we reveal our own stories and tell the truth of our own lives.

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Shhhh…Don’t Say That! Part 1

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in Blog | 28 comments

Shhhh…Don’t Say That! Why Can’t We Talk About Coping With Our Gay Spouses’ Mental Health Issues? Part 1 By Kristin Kalbli

Our mental health culture is gun shy when it comes to talking about personalities in which narcissism and homosexuality exist simultaneously (even if causally unrelated), lest there be any whiff of conflating being LGBT with a psychiatric disorder.

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All 2 Million of Us and Counting – Because We Count Too!

Posted by on Jun 9, 2017 in Blog | 6 comments

All 2 Million of Us and Counting – Because We Count Too!

For so many of us, it remains difficult to tell our stories, or have anyone truly listen without proposing a quick fix, or an admonition to “just get over it”. And that is why the Straight Spouse Network is invaluable in the global support we provide.

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News From Our Board

Posted by on May 27, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Our current Board of Directors is comprised of nine volunteer straight spouse members, four men and five women. We meet at least once a month, connecting via conference call from coast to coast and into Canada, with board members from CA, MI, MD, PA, NY, MA and Ottawa.

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