Art_Deco saidExcellent point. Both I and my present partner consider ourselves gay widowers, who each lost a previous partner to AIDS. At least until he & I got together, so I don't know if we lose that widow status.
You will always have been widowed, though you are not always a widow because your relationship status changes once you remarry.
metta8 saidI just took it. They need to end the survey better than going back to the first page.
I got a "view trending results" option with pretty graphics
You might have missed a question and the survey was trying to clarify?
ricky1987 saidI haven't read the census but isn't being widow comes under the category of being single. I mean one is single even if s/he is not looking to mingle.
When considering a person as a full human being, because "divorced" or "widowed" are typically understood as an identifiable relationship status for heterosexuals, the terms ought to apply and be counted equally within the LGBT community.
One of the worst experiences of my life was not just burying my partner, but then to not be treated by his family (except for his sister) as his widow. Particularly considering how I was there for his mother when his father died. A heterosexual spouse would have received years of emotional support. Gay people deserve this, need this too.
I've been partnered in a 2-year relationship which broke up and widowed twice from two 10-year relationships with a six monther and a number of
dates inbetween. There is a huge difference in my mind about being between dates or short term relationships and having been between funerals.
In one sense I am single and available. In the other I'm single, I might even play the field, but all I"m doing is distracting myself while remaining at worst emotionally unavailable, at best, damaged goods, and so it is a decidedly different kind of single, recognized and included in surveys for heterosexuals as part of the human experience, and ought to be likewise recognized and included for us because we are just as human.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marital_status
"options are often included, such as "divorced", "widowed",widow or widower, "cohabiting", "civil union", "domestic partnership", and "unmarried partners". While anyone who is not married is technically "single" in legal terms, it is often seen as desirable to include these other items. Some unmarried people do not identify as "single" for a variety of reasons, and may be reluctant to describe themselves that way. In some cases, knowing that people are divorced, widowed, or in a relationship is more useful than simply knowing that they are unmarried