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Support Groups and Support Contacts

The Straight Spouse Network has Support Group Leaders and Support Contacts located throughout North America, including Canada; Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, England, Switzerland and South Africa. If there is no Support Group close to you, one of our Support Contacts will communicate and even meet with you individually.

SUPPORT GROUP LEADERS AND SUPPORT CONTACTS
Our volunteers are Straight Spouses who have a sincere desire to help other Straight Spouses get through the same challenges they have experienced. They have been with us for at least two years and have come to reasonable conclusions in their relationships with their spouse or partner. They are non-judgmental, empathetic and have great communication skills. They have gone through an application process and have been approved by the Executive Director. They have agreed to follow the guidelines and procedures of the organization in regard to structure and objectives.

SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS
Meetings are a place to find support and understanding for Straight Spouses dealing with the difficult and confusing issues they experience after discovering their spouse or partner is gay. There is no obligation to attend a required number of meetings.

Meetings are typically held at a group leader’s residence, sometimes at a group member’s home or a semi-private venue, such as a restaurant (for a more informal, social gathering), and last from one to four hours.  Attendees can come late or leave early. All meetings are strictly confidential

A typical meeting agenda is:
Introductions
Sharing personal stories
Exploring the effects of having lived with a closeted spouse
Updating one-another on new developments in individual journeys
Finding support and strength together
Discussing concerns about their children
Discussion of making personal rules for couples who decide to stay together

IF THERE IS NO SUPPORT GROUP IN YOUR AREA
If there is no local group near you yet, we will put you in touch with one of our Support Contacts. They will cover all the same things you would in meetings, during your personal communications via phone and email with them. They may be able to meet with you one-on-one as well.

TO FIND SUPPORT
Look at the list below and find the location nearest you. Then:

  • If there is a group near you that you are interested in joining, either:
    • Use our Contact Us form and in the subject line indicate your location and which location you’re closest to.
    • Call us at (773) 413-8213 and let us know which location you are closest to.

Straight Spouse Network Face2Face Support Group  and Support Contact Locations 

ALABAMA
AL & FL Panhandle
Montgomery, centralALASKA
FairbanksARIZONA
Phoenix, Tempe 

CALIFORNIA
Berkeley
Concord
Long Beach
Magalia, near Chico & Paradise
Oakland
Pasadena
Sacramento area/Folsom
San Diego (area)
San Francisco
San Luis Obispo
Sunnyvale/San Jose area
Temecula (area)

COLORADO
Aurora
Colorado Springs
Denver/Aurora
Grand Junction (near Utah)

CONNECTICUT
W. Hartford
Fairfield (meets in Rye NY)
White Plains/Westchester NY
Woodbridge

DELEWARE
Support Contact/entire State

FLORIDA
Ft. Lauderdale/W. Palm Beach
Jacksonville
Lithia
Orlando
Sarasota
Satellite Beach
Tavares
Key West

GEORGIA
Atlanta/Doraville
Atlanta/Marietta

IDAHO
Lewiston

ILLINOIS
Batavia
Bloomington
Champaign
Chicago downtown, Wicker Park
Chicago suburbs
Evanston
Highland Park
Lake Villa
Vernon Hills

 

INDIANA
Fort Wayne area
Indianapolis
S. Central INIOWA
Des Moines, North
Iowa City/Cedar RpdsIOWA
Cedar Rapids
Iowa City

KANSAS
Wichita

KENTUCKY
Bowling Green
Louisville
Richmond
Versailles

MAINE
Portland

MARYLAND
Bethesda
Haver de Grace (also
Balto, Hartford, Cecil
Counties and Delaware
Montgomery Village
Onley, WA DC suburb
Waldorf

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston
Springfield

MICHIGAN
Ann Arbor
Detroit
Grand Rapids
Lansing
Royal Oak
Sterling Heights

MINNESOTA
Dodge Center
Duluth
Minneapolis/St. Paul

MISSISSIPPI
Columbus

MISSOURI
Gladston/Kansas City
Northern MO
St. Louis

MONTANA
Bozeman

NEBRASKA
Lincoln
Omaha

NEVADA
Las Vegas

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Derry

NEW JERSEY
Linwood
Ridge field Park 
NEW MEXICO
Amarillo, Texas/Texas Panhandle
Eastern New Mexico
Las Cruces 
NEW YORK
Albany
Ballston Lake
Buffalo
Long Island
Manhattan
New York City
Nassau Co.
Oneida
Rochester
Scarsdale
Schenectady
Suffolk Co.
Troy
Westchester
White Plains 

NORTH CAROLINA
Charlotte
Durham
Lincolnton
Raleigh

NORTH DAKOTA
Grand Forks
Full State Support

OHIO
Cincinnati
Cleveland
Columbus (Franklin Co.)
Defiance
Lima

OKLAHOMA
Tahlequah
Tulsa
Western OK areas

OREGON
Eugene

PENNSYLVANIA
Jefferson Hills
Levittown
Pittsburgh
Suburban Philadelphia
Tafton
Warminster

SOUTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA
Hilton Head
Beaufort
Bluffton
Savanna

TENNESSEE
Knoxville
Memphis
Spring Hill (Nashville)

 

 

 

 

TEXAS
Amarillo, Texas Panhandle
(Western OK, E. New Mexico,
Southern Colorado
Western Texas, and some
parts of Northern Texas)
Austin
Dallas
HoustonUTAH
Pending

VERMONT
Pending 

VIRGINIA
Fairfax
Richmond
Roanoke area
Virginia Beach

WASHINGTON
Bellingham
Seattle
Sequim
Spokane

WASHINGTON DC
Pending 

WISCONSIN
Brookfield
Madison
Milwaukee
Stevens Point

WYOMING
Jackson

INTERNATIONAL

AUSTRALIA
New South Wales, W. Hoxton

CANADA
Calgary, ALBERTA
Ottawa, Toronto, ONTARIO
London/Windsor, ONTARIO
Sackville, NEW BRUNSWICK
Halifax, NOVA SCOTIA
Prince Albert, SASKATCHEWAN

ENGLAND
Nottingham

ITALY
Rome

JAPAN
Amami

NEW ZEALAND
Wellington & S. Island
Aukland

PHILLIPINES
Makati City

SOUTH AFRICA
Cape Town (Western Cape)

SWITZERLAND
Montreaux
Zurich