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The Other Side of the Closet

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

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.... more

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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.