For all of those who want to demonize Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT) people, I give you select sentences from astronaut Sally Ride’s obituary from The Boston Herald:
Sally Ride, who blazed trails into orbit as the first American woman in space, died Monday of pancreatic cancer. She was 61.
Ride was a physicist, writer of five science books for children and president of her own company. She had also been a professor of physics at the University of California in San Diego.
She was selected as an astronaut candidate in 1978, the same year she earned her doctorate in physics from Stanford University. She beat out five women to be the first American female in space. Her first flight came two decades after the Soviets sent a woman into space
Ride flew in space twice, both times on Challenger in 1983 and in 1984, logging 343 hours in space.
One of Ride’s last legacies was allowing middle school students to take their own pictures of the moon using cameras aboard NASA’s twin Grail spacecraft in a project spearheaded by her company.
Ride’s office said she is survived by Tam O’Shaughnessy, her partner of 27 years; her mother, Joyce; her sister, Bear, a niece and a nephew.
No where in the obituary does it say that Ride was out to destroy marriage, ruin civilization, strip religious liberties from folks or silence anyone. She was just the opposite. She achieved great things like many a LGBT person does in their lifetime or every day. She was a productive and contributing member of society; helping to advance the space program and bring her knowledge and understanding to others. In no way does her relationship or sexual orientation present a barrier to those achievements. The only barrier that is in place is put up by those who would want to demoralize LGBT people due to their own self-aggrandizing moralization. For those who do this, take a good, long look at Ride because she doesn’t represent the exception, but the rule. Her accomplishments and contributions speak to the many accomplishments and contributions of LGBT people in your everyday life. Look around, open your eyes and unharden your heart and you’ll know what a gay person looks like.