The USA’s First Female Astronaut Comes Out as a Lesbian in Her Obituary
When it comes to doing things big, not many people could do them bigger than Sally Ride.
After all, she was the first female astronaut for the U.S., joining NASA in 1978 and first going into space in 1983, then again in 1984.
And in a grand gesture that leaves me teary eyed and awestruck, Ride came out today as a lesbian in her obituary after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
With that simple statement — listed alongside her mother, Joyce; her sister, Bear; her niece, Caitlin and nephew, Whitney — Ride came out.
Our condolences go to her family and to her partner Tam O’Shaughnessy. We’re saddened to have lost this great figure of scientific pioneering for the country, for women, and for the LGBT community, but so long as I’ve got a freak flag to fly, we won’t soon forget Sally Ride.
I think it’s time to go stargaze.