She was the first American woman in space.
Come to find out, she was also the first American lesbian in space!
Sally Ride died of pancreatic cancer Monday. With 61 years of inspiring life under her belt, the brave astronaut's obituary revealed her sexuality.
The announcement, made by Sally Ride Science, declared that Sally was survived by "Tam O'Shaughnessy, her partner of 27 years."
"Sally Ride ranks among the greatest of pioneers. I count myself among the millions of Americans she inspired with her travels to space."
…but an inspiration who wouldn't be allowed the equal rights of marriage!
We're assuming Mitt wasn't aware of her sexuality like the rest of us. And that's because Sally chose to keep her personal life personal. But while she didn't broadcast the news, she didn't hide it from family or friends either.
Though Sally and Dr. O'Shaughnessy knew each other from childhood, they didn't become romantic partners until 1985 — when Sally and astronaut hubby Steven Hawley were still together. They divorced in 1987.
Our thoughts are with you Dr. Tammy. We hope you can find as much peace as possible after your loss.
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