I want to give my heartfelt condolences to one of our writers on this website, Ava Gaul. Three days ago she lost her wife Katie, to suicide.
As some of our writers have pointed out before, a person’s suicide not only affects those close to them, but entire communities. Despite not knowing Katie at all, when I received the news, I was in shock. It hurts to know that one of our writers (and a good personal friend) is in so much pain right now.
Ava and Katie both loved each other very much. Katie worked hard at her job, keeping a bookstore, so Ava and Katie could take good care of each other. They were married for two years. Ava has told me their years together have been the happiest times of her life.
I hope you will all take a moment of silence, to remember Katie, and to send your best wishes to Ava in this difficult time.
All the best to you, Ava.
I am a web developer, and the creator of QueerMentalHealth.org. I run my own IT business. For this reason I have chosen to remain anonymous, so I have chosen the pseudonym "Hanners Ellicott-Chatham", which is a character from one of my favourite web comics, Questionable Content, by Jeph Jacques. am a trans woman who lives with Bipolar Disorder.