Many people have never questioned their biases toward gays and lesbians. The culture and the families they grew up in excluded and hated people who were different from their own sexual orientation. They were disgusted by sexuality outside the norm, as if what gay people do in bed defined them. (Do heterosexuals define themselves by what they do in bed?)
Guest post by Melissa Howard
Suicide is the eleventh leading cause of death in the U.S. Perhaps many of these cases could be prevented through further knowledge and understanding of the complex emotions that lead people there.
First, there is NO correct time to "get over" your grief. The so called societal one year limit is preposterous. In former times and cultures,women obeyed the prevailing custom of wearing black until the first year was officially over. They withdrew from society and basically "died" along with the deceased. Now we have work mandates. Three days off for the death of a loved one and back to work again! Three days!!
There is nothing more earth shattering than finding that your relationship and partner are not what you thought they were. Loss of trust on the one hand, and guilt on the other, are the primary painful feelings in this situation. Healing from infidelity is one of the most challenging issues a couple must face. But, as they say, conflict is growth waiting to happen.