Monday, July 23, 2012

Sally Ride, First (Gay) American Woman in Space, Dead at 61

A hero to girls and women everywhere as the first American woman in space, Sally was also the first American lesbian in space. Sally Ride has come out in her obituary:  

Sally Ride, who died today after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer, was the first female U.S. astronaut in space... The pioneering scientist was, a statement from Sally Ride Science announced, survived by "Tam O'Shaughnessy, her partner of 27 years." With that simple statement — listed alongside her mother, Joyce; her sister, Bear; her niece, Caitlin and nephew, Whitney — Ride came out... "I hope it makes it easier for kids growing up gay that they know that another one of their heroes was like them," she added.

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