The Other Side of the Closet: The Coming-Out Crisis for Straight Spouses and Families

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Candid, compassionate, authoritative--a rich source of insights, information, and practical guidance. ""The first major
work on the topic."" --Gay Community News ""A much needed comprehensive study of what happens to husbands, wives, and
children during the coming-out crisis. --The Reverend Jane E. Vennard, founder Task Force for Spouses of Gays and
Lesbians ""The new enlarged edition adds important factors, especially children's reactions to a parent's coming out.
Well-researched and insightful."" --Fritz Klein, M.D., author of The Bisexual Option ""Anybody practicing in this area
would be well advised to read this book."" --Professor Arthur S. Leonard, New York Law School In two million marriages,
one spouse is gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Having a spouse or parent disclose his or her same-sex attraction is a
shattering experience fraught with pain, confusion, anger, and a profound loss of self-esteem. Amity Pierce Buxton
spotlights this exploding phenomenon and reports constructive coping strategies that spouses and children have used to
resolve problems of sexual damage, family breakdown, deception, and homophobia. Illustrated throughout by riveting
personal narratives, this expanded edition of The Other Side of the Closet traces the family's journey from initial
trauma to eventual transformation. This invaluable source of information for spouses, families, and professionals is
based on Dr. Buxton's eight years of research, including interviews with 1,000 straight spouses and children, her own
personal experience, and her counseling work with spouses of gay, lesbian, and bisexual partners.


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