I hate that it matters, that Sally Ride was gay. My heart goes out to Dr. Tam O’Shaughnessy, I'm so sorry for your loss.
RIP Sally Ride. Survived by her life partner of 27 years, Tam O'Shaughnessy. Met when they were 12, both scientists and writers. Love. #GLBT
Sally Ride's death reveals life with lesbian partner7/23/2012
Astronaut Sally Ride's death — after an 18-month battle with pancreatic cancer — has unexpectedly aimed a spotlight on her life with partner Tam O'Shaughnessy, who was acknowledged in a message announcing Ride's passing as "her partner of 27 years." Previously, the pair had been identified as "good friends" but not as lovers; they met at age 12, playing tennis, and collaborated as scientists and writers. The news was greeted with celebration (for Ride's accomplishments) and surprise (regarding her private life) on Twitter: "Sally Ride's obit appears to out her," one tweeter posted.
What are your memories of Sally Ride?