May 18, 2015 12:00 PM

For May 11, 2015

‘Kudos for feeling courageous enough to exist in your truth!’

Lynn via people.com

Bruce Jenner

Now that Bruce Jenner has told us his plans, I hope his future is as happy as SHE wants it to be.

Sharon Trumpler Scotia, N.Y.

If Bruce wants to be a woman, it really isn’t anyone’s darn business! People can bring up all of the chromosome mumbo jumbo that they want to, but this is real.

Kathy Root via people.com

Melissa Rivers

I was surprised at my strong emotional reaction to the loss of Joan Rivers after reading about Melissa Rivers’s memories of her mother. I grew up appreciating the wit of this one-of-a-kind performer, but only now do I realize that her humor and strength—which helped take the sting out of my own losses—are really gone. Melissa represents her mother’s legacy beautifully.

Deborah Padgett Las Vegas

I’m happy Melissa had the gift of holding her mother during her last moments. I hope it brings her peace to know she was there.

Jennifer Shortall via Facebook

Joan was a great lady, and it’s awesome that she laid it out like that for her family. To turn off life support is one of the hardest decisions a family can make. Does it hurt any less? No, but she wouldn’t have been the same funny lady everyone loved by that point.

Jennifer Teeters via people.com

Held my mom at the end. Miss her every second of every single day.

Shelley Skaler Meyer via Facebook

Sawyer Sweeten

This hit me really hard. I can’t even imagine the pain. My 14-year-old son has bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder, and sometimes I get so scared that in a moment of instability he will take his own life. I just keep doing my best to surround him with support and love to help him through this journey.

Sarah via people.com

Blake Lively

I love her style. She is so normal—and also gorgeous!

Jess Tellez via Facebook

People UPDATE

Justice for Malala Yousafzai

More than two years after the shooting of Malala Yousafzai, 10 men have been sentenced to life in prison for the attack against the now 17-year-old Pakistani education activist. The rulings came on April 30 from an antiterrorism court in northwest Pakistan, eight months after it was announced that the men were arrested by the country’s military in September. Shot in the head on Oct. 9, 2012, while she rode the bus on the way home from school, Yousafzai not only survived the attack but became an advocate for the worldwide education of girls. She was awarded a joint Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 with Indian child-rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi. “I don’t want to be thought of as the girl who was shot by the Taliban,” she said, “but the girl who fought for education.”

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