Our hope with this podcast is to be a resource and a comfort for straight spouses as we navigate the tremendous life changes that accompany finding out we are married to an LGBT spouse, no matter where we are in our journey. Whether we are in the first throes of shock after discovery or disclosure, or we are 10 years post-divorce, or living in a mixed orientation marriage. We want to create a forum of frank and open discussion so we can talk about difficult, intimate and sometimes controversial topics. We look for community, healing and growth in each other’s stories, as we share our grief, our pain, our recoveries, and our triumphs.
At the SSV Podcast, we have a few simple missions: first, to tell our stories, to each other, and to the world. Second, to help straight spouses heal. We do this by interviewing guests with varying expertise and wisdom to share. And finally, to encourage discussion and insight. We do this by featuring guests with diverse perspectives and experiences, and even controversial views that give rise to strong opinions.
We know not every straight spouse experience is the same, and therefore not every straight spouse will be helped in the same way or by the same resources. That’s why we strive for a diversity of perspectives and topics.
And we know that not every straight spouse will appreciate or be helped by every episode, but we do hope that every straight spouse will find some episodes helpful.
We make several feedback options available for all listeners: listeners can comment on the original episode posts on our SSN Facebook page, and they can comment directly on the episode on our website. All comments are moderated for respectfulness, but discussion and feedback are welcome. In addition, we have the firstname.lastname@example.org email address for more direct feedback.
Straight Spouse Voices is the official podcast of the Straight Spouse Network. In our podcasts, heterosexual men and women who are or were married to, or partners of, LGBTQ persons, share their experiences in conversations with host Kristin Kalbli, who is herself a straight spouse. The stories and perspectives are many and diverse. Topics include the after effects when spouse comes out, staying in a mixed orientation marriage, coping with a spouse who remains closeted or in denial, the challenges of being married to a transgender person, navigating family relationships after disclosure, how homophobia affects us, living our best lives going forward, unique divorce and parenting issues, how our spiritual and religious beliefs are affected, cultural attitudes toward straight spouses, handling grief and finding the strength to heal.