When a mate comes out, everyone involved treks a foreign trail. A straight spouse’s journey is fraught with emotional peril and daunting challenges, but each conquered obstacle adds strength and wisdom. Many learn to see this life episode as just that-one event among many in a varied, extraordinary history. Though disorienting, the experience of a mixed-orientation relationship can actually become a gateway to unexpected opportunities for personal growth. It isn’t the end of the world; it can be the beginning of something even better.