Some people come out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) after trying to make a heterosexual marriage or relationship work. When the LGBT person comes out, the straight partner is likely to feel rejection, betrayal, shock, anger, confusion — or any combination of these natural reactions.
While no two situations are the same, straight partners of LGBT people have unique needs and can find peer support at the Straight Spouse Network.
If the couple share children, it's important to remember that the LGBT spouse is still a parent, and protecting the relationship with the children should be a primary goal.
The creation of the Where We Are on TV report in 2005 allows GLAAD to track trends and compile statistics for series regular characters on broadcast television with regard to sexual orientation, gender identity and race/ethnicity for the upcoming season. GLAAD measures the presence of LGBT characters and the visibility of the community they portray on television in upcoming scripted primetime programs; both new and returning shows. This marks the 17th year GLAAD has tracked the number of LGBT characters expected to appear in the new fall television season on both broadcast and cable networks.read more >>