Sally Ride, the first female U.S. astronaut passed away on Monday at the tender age of 61.
The obituary from Sally Ride Science, an educational venture that Ride founded, referred to Tam O'Shaughnessy as "her partner of 27 years."
In other words, at her death Sally announced to the world that the first female American astronaut, was gay.
I can’t wait to hear how the Right Wing spins this one. I suppose the Texas Education Board will wipe her name out of the history books and any number of Right Wing pundits will explain how the statement doesn’t really mean that Ride was gay despite the acknowledgement by her family to the fact.
So the LGBT cause gets a advocate it never knew it had and the Religious Right can stick it up their butts.