We'll miss you, Sally Ride

Jul 24 2012 Published by under queer

Sally Ride died yesterday from pancreatic cancer (NASA obituary). She was only 61 years. When I was a little girl, Sally Ride was definitely a hero of mine. I had pictures of her on the space shuttle tacked up on the wall of my bedroom. I read her biographies, over and over. She was an inspiration to me, and probably a million other girls over the years. She will be missed.

I did not realize, before yesterday, that Dr. Ride was also a lesbian. She had been with her partner, Dr. Tam E. O'Shaughnessy, for 27 years. As Dr. Ride's sister, Bear Ride* said,

"I hope it makes it easier for kids growing up gay that they know that another one of their heroes was like them."

Sally Ride on board Challenger during STS-7 in 1983. Source: Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sally_Ride)

Rest in peace, Dr. Ride. And thank you.

 

*who has the best name ever, and also identifies as gay.

 

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