Sally Ride–First Lesbian in Space Died (61 from cancer)

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They did not want you to know that Sally had a female partner named Tam for the past 27 years.  So it is news to me that she had pancreatic cancer (always fatal), that she was lesbian and that she died today of cancer at age 61.  Even in one of the articles I read they talked about Tam and did not call her “she” in the article.  Hmm. She earned like four degrees.  Are they telling girls that you have to be a “he” in order to achieve in the sciences? No, because there was no mention that she was gay in the news nor mention of the woman who shared her life and bed.  They did not marry or adopt or beget any kids.

She was no hero to me.  Not because of anything in particular just not on the radar.  She may have contracted the cancer from her time spent in space of only thirty minutes.  You call that an astronaut?

Anyway I thought that was interesting that Tam O’Shaunnesey and Sally Ride were “partners” i.e., lesbian lovers for the past 27 years.  They met when she was 12.  This PC stuff is so ridiculous.  “Partners” really?


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Posted on July 23, 2012, in Famous Fridays, Government Trough and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. What do you mean 30 minutes in space? She was on two space shuttle missions, each of which lasted several days. In any case, astronauts do work other than when they are on spaceships. She worked full time for NASA for years and the comment “You call that an astronaut” is both wrong and inappropriate. Further, since it was never public information during her lifetime, there was no need for the press to use a phrase like “lesbian lovers” which Ms. Ride never used. You may not like the term “partners” but it has nothing to do with PC. It was obvious to me that she had a female partner but the term partner is used for all kinds of couples. Do you think if a 60 year old man died the obituaries would refer to his straight or hetero or gay lover? I was pleased to see that she had found a long term relationship.

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