…I don’t want them to need sharing. I don’t want them to be real. But they are.
Item: Man justifies murdering his wife, Maheshwari, because she was fat. Sadly, “bride-burning” — murdering a new wife because the dowry’s too small — is an all-too-common form of domestic violence in India.
Item: Lawsuit charges elderly gay partners Clay Greene and Harold Scull had their power of attorney ignored, were forced apart and their belongings seized by the county. Harold Scull died without his partner of over 20 years; Clay Greene lost his partner and his home.
These things are wrong, very wrong, but they exist. Listening can help. Speaking out can help. Remembering Maheshwari, Pheobe, and Harold can help.
If you are wondering what else can be done:
- Equality Now works for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women around the world.
- Megan Kelley Hall is organizing Young Adult authors against bullying, in memory of Pheobe.
- More information on bullying and what can be done about it is here.
- The National Center for Lesbian Rights is assisting Clay Green with his suit; you can get involved here.