Yael Levi-Hazan was a lecturer, researcher and translator, a well-known figure in academia and in the LGBT community. She had lived in Be’er Sheva since 1998 and was one of the community’s founders in the southern part of the country. The home she shared with her partner, social worker and therapist Omra Levi-Hazan, was a magnet for every LGBT person who moved to the Negev and was seeking an adoptive family.
In October 2017, the couple moved to a new house in Be’er Sheva with their son, Ma’ayan, to whom Yael had given birth three-and-a-half years earlier. At the end of that month, Omra gave birth to their daughter, Nuri. On the night between November 30 and December 1, just five weeks after Nuri’s birth, Yael, 39, was killed in a car crash on Highway 431, while she was on the way to her mother’s house, in Tel Aviv. Omra was left with two small children and without the woman who had been her partner for the previous decade.
We are seeking the stories from lesbians to show how anti lesbian sentiment and structures affect us in relation to the death of our partners, wives and girldfriends.
Since Lisa died I have joined the ranks of lesbian widows – lesbians whose partner, wife or girlfriend has died.
In this time I have heard stories of how bereaved lesbians have been treated by authorities, families, friends, workplaces, support groups.
Some stories are of personal hostility, others are of legal structures which act to harm lesbians or simply fail to protect us.
We are looking to gather some of these stories for Listening2Lesbians, to demonstrate how homophobia and lesbophobia, whether by individuals, groups or social structures, can add to the already traumatic experience of losing a partner.
If you lost your partner as a lesbian, and have experiences to share, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or message us via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LlSTEN2LESBlANS/.
Submissions can be anonymous to protect privacy.