SALLY RIDE trivia: WAS THE FIRST OPENLY LGBTQ ASTRONAUT.

Ride passed away on July 23, 2012, at the age of 61, following a long (and very private)…

Ride passed away on July 23, 2012, at the age of 61, following a long (and very private) battle with pancreatic cancer.


SALLY RIDE trivia: WAS THE FIRST OPENLY LGBTQ ASTRONAUT.
SALLY RIDE trivia: WAS THE FIRST OPENLY LGBTQ ASTRONAUT.

While Ride’s brief marriage to fellow astronaut Steve Hawley was widely known to the public (they were married from 1982 to 1987), it wasn’t until her death that Ride’s longtime relationship with Tam O’Shaughnessy—a childhood friend and science writer—was made public.

Which meant that even in death, Ride was still changing the world, as she is the world’s first openly LGBTQ astronaut.

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