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Old 23rd Jul 2012, 09:47 PM   #1
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Sally Ride dies at 61

Sadly, Sally Ride has passed away due to pancreatic cancer.
Saying that her sister was a very private person, Bear Ride said, "People did not know she had pancreatic cancer, that's going to be a huge shock. For 17 months, nobody knew -- and everyone does now. Her memorial fund is going to be in support of pancreatic cancer.

"The pancreatic cancer community is going to be absolutely thrilled that there's now this advocate that they didn't know about. And, I hope the GLBT community feels the same," Bear Ride, who identifies as gay, said.

"I hope it makes it easier for kids growing up gay that they know that another one of their heroes was like them," she added.
Apparently, not only was she the first woman in space, she may have been the first lesbian in space, too. Her relationship with her partner, Tam O'Shaughnessy, lasted 27 years.
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Old 23rd Jul 2012, 09:56 PM   #2
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Thanks for the info. Sad, and her partner is in my thoughts, but it's kind of nice to know. She was/is a great role model.
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Re: Sally Ride dies at 61

Sally Ride is/was awesome! She was like the Amelia Earhart of the 1980s (turns out Ride's death day is the same as Earhart's birthday...).

I had no idea she was a lesbian either until today. I saw that her obituary merely mentioned that she was survived by her partner, a female woman lady. I'm glad her outing was not contrary to any other obituary: it helps to normalize lesbian relationships, I think.

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I'm happy and I'm sad at the same time, because she was able to accomplish so much but died so young. Being in space and working at NASA is a total dream of mine so stories like hers are inspiring, even if just a little.
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Rest in peace Sally Ride. You had a wonderful journey through life and will forever remain an inspiration to women everywhere.

In related news - Mitt Romney on the death of Sally Ride | Greta Christina's Blog
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Sad to hear....I'll admit second there I thought it said Sally Field, but still a very sad day.
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She is a true American hero and has inspired me in so many ways. She died surrounded by loved ones and has taken her rightful place amongst the stars.
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