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Sally Ride's Partner Discusses the Life and Legacy of America's First Female Astronaut: VIDEO

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Last week, we reported that Sally Ride, the first female American astronaut in space who came out in her July 2012 obituary, was awarded a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom. Sally's life partner, Tam O'Shaugnessy, accepted the award on her behalf and gave a brief interview afterwards about Sally's life and her impact on the world.

On accepting Sally's award:

" represent her in such an important forum as a gay woman was really quite an honor. And I also think it sends a huge, wonderful message to the world about our country and equality and kind of the way things should be."

On Sally:

"She was very bright. She did great things. But by and large the way she lived her life was quietly, privately, and just working. She was much more interested in doing than in receiving awards and so on."

Check out the video interview, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. I hate the term "life partner." What did Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon use when they were together?

    Posted by: Tiger | Nov 24, 2013 6:43:26 PM

  2. Great message..."Stay in the closet"...really?...

    Posted by: Ankerich | Nov 24, 2013 7:39:33 PM

  3. Guess that that is to differentiate between "business partner" and "life partner ". Apparently we must not step on straight people's toes EVEN though some continue to trample on us . . . Another advantage to marriage?

    Posted by: Mike | Nov 24, 2013 8:46:32 PM

  4. Lighten up. The lady is old school. "Life partner" is how she rolls. Please remember that Ms. O'Shaugnessy and Ms. Ride could not legally marry. And, oh, by the way, most of us LGBT people might want to get married but also we want society to get the f*ck off our backs and out of our private lives.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Nov 24, 2013 8:50:57 PM

  5. I was first disappointed that there wasn't a clip of Walter Naegle. Then, I was disappointed by the closet justifications by O'Shaugnessy. . . only to take a step back & think that if I'd died a year ago, my obituary would have probably listed my Husband as " Life Partner" or something to that effect. The terms are generational. . . .What sent me from disappointment to anger was doing a search for the ceremony and ending up on the Indy Times, which had deleted any reference of Rustin, Naegel, Ride or O'Shaugnessy from the article and even the photo gallery of the event. . .like they weren't even there. . .Almost as bad as the NYT calling Naegel an "adopted son" and "assistant" in his obituary.

    Posted by: Greggdw | Nov 24, 2013 10:55:27 PM

  6. This woman gets to identify herself or live her life in absolutely any way she sees fit and she doesn't have to clear it with you first.

    The idea that Ride or Rustin are currently "closeted" or that their loved ones have lived their lives incorrectly or have anything to answer for is absurd. The existence of these heroes being erased from any record is an actual problem and any venom that gay men would idiotically direct at LGBT people who have actually accomplished something with their lives is better directed at those who would try to pretend those people didn't exist.

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | Nov 25, 2013 12:42:50 AM

  7. Now she speaking because she can make money from this....

    Posted by: Ankerich | Nov 25, 2013 10:25:05 AM

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