If we could have been paid for every single snide or off-hand comment people make to not just polyam people, but to people who are living “alternative” lifestyles, we would be swimming like Scrooge McDuck in our filthy earnings for having endured the preposterous statements and accusations we encounter on nearly a daily basis. In this episode, you get to relive them with us – without the damage of having swam through gold coins – and maybe we’ll even touch upon the ones that you’ve gotten comfy with answering – or the ones that you yourself suggested.
[TRIGGER WARNING] : Suicide, death, sadness, mental illness, mental health, grieving, self-harm, trauma, depression, loss of child.
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Our son, who you know as Gelt, has/…had (we still don’t know how we’re supposed to say that)… a name. His name is John. We debated about having an episode about this at all – about talking about it at all – about anything at all – but, honestly, if we had to fake a pushing of some sort of other episode out right now, we couldn’t bring ourselves to do it – and we don’t know when we – if we – will ever quite be back to our old chipper selves. So, we did what we have promised you all along and kept it poly real – because this is real life. Though we still hope it’s just a nightmare – but we have lived too many horrible days of this process to have that question any longer. If more people discussed the uncomfortable things – the horrible things – the unmentionables… If they could muster the strength and lift their crying eyes off their pillows and tell their truths through the pain and the tears and if more people could just sit and listen – REALLY listen, we really feel the stigma would go down and awareness and more means to help those who are suffering would also improve. Through this episode, we snotted all over our microphones, held each other’s hands, took quite a few breaks, and mustered up all the strength we could, and made ourselves discuss the most horrific event we have faced or probably ever will – our son’s suicide. Grab your tissues and grieve with us on this episode where we discuss the loss of a brilliant light to this world – our son, our other children’s sibling. He took his own life January 16th of this year at 21 years old. He was so much to so many. He lost his battle with depression. Our lives are shattered.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Crisis Text Line
741-741 (United States)
85258 (United Kingdom)
Survivors of Suicide
The Trevor Project
LGBTQ Help line
National Runaway Safeline