The Life of astronaut Sally Ride: Miles O'Brien on PBS NewsHour

As noted in an earlier Boing Boing post today, Miles O'Brien is hosting a Kennedy Center event in the nation's capital tonight, to honor the life and legacy of astronaut Sally Ride. She died in 2012 of pancreatic cancer. This just in: here's Miles on PBS NewsHour tonight, talking about his encounters with Ride.

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14 Responses to “The Life of astronaut Sally Ride: Miles O'Brien on PBS NewsHour”

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  3. Halloween_Jack says:

    She’s still the first known LGBT astronaut, right? 

    • mtdna says:

       I think she was LG, but not BT.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      She wasn’t an LGBT astronaut; she was a closeted astronaut.

      • Xeni Jardin says:

        As I understand it, her partner is denied any and all death benefits.

        • Antinous / Moderator says:

          Figures. I would hope for some retroactive sanity, but I haven’t observed much of that in the world so far.

      • GrrrlRomeo says:

        Gay people in the closet are still gay.

        • Antinous / Moderator says:

          Maybe they’re homosexual, but they are definitely not gay. Having been out for 41 years, I’m quite comfortable with revoking their status.

          • meg gandy says:

            please tell me that was sarcasm and i’m just not reading you right.

          • Antinous / Moderator says:

            Not in the least. She’s a public figure whose life gave gay youth the message that you can be an astronaut… if you live in the closet. Her life choices are a message of self-loathing and suicide for gay youth. As someone who’s been out since the 70s and taken the consequences of being honest, I find her cowardly and despicable.

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