Sally Ride Sparks Posthumous Debate on Coming Out

Wednesday, 25 Jul 2012 02:14 PM

 

Share:
A    A   |
   Email Us   |
   Print   |
   Forward Article  |
  Copy Shortlink

Pioneering astronaut Sally Ride, who relished privacy, chose an appropriately discreet manner of coming out.

At the end of an obituary that she co-wrote with her same-sex partner, they disclosed to the world their relationship of 27 years.

As details trickled out after Ride's death Monday, it became clear that a circle of family, friends and co-workers had long known of the relationship and embraced it. For many millions of others, who admired Ride as the first American woman in space, it was a revelation — and it has sparked a spirited discussion about privacy vs. public candor in regard to sexual orientation.

Some commentators have second-guessed Ride's decision to opt for privacy, saying she could have been a role model for gay youth while alive. Others were supportive.

© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Share:
   Email Us   |
   Print   |
   Forward Article  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Peter King, Press Corps Irked Over White House Boston Observance

Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 22:16 PM

The White House press corps was unhappy that it was not allowed access to a moment of silence for Boston Marathon victim . . .

Arizona State Rep: 'Can't Recognize My Country' in Rancher Dispute

Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 18:47 PM

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy may have been partly to blame for his standoff with federal authorities, but the government' . . .

Bill Allows Snap Inspections of Arizona Abortion Clinics

Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 20:58 PM

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Tuesday signed into a law a bill allowing state health authorities to conduct surprise in . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved