First US woman in space Sally Ride died early ‘because she was gay’

Right-wing scientists say Ride, who died of pancreatic cancer, fits a 'consistent pattern' of lesbians dying early

First US woman in space Sally Ride died early ‘because she was gay’
10 October 2012

Right-wing ‘scientists’ from the Family Research Institute have claimed the first American woman in space, Sally Ride, died early because she was a lesbian.

The FRI states her death ‘fits a consistent pattern suggesting that homosexuality is associated with an early demise,’ the Right Wing Watch reports.

Ride died of pancreatic cancer on 23 July, and her obituary revealed she had been in a committed relationship with a woman for the last 27 years. She was 61.

The FRI says: ‘Most women live until their 80s. Something strange afoot?

‘Ride was married to a fellow astronaut [Steve Hawley] from 1982 to 1987. But it was just revealed she had a ‘long time lesbian relationship’ of 27 years.

‘Do the math: her 27 year relationship with a professor of school psychology (and co-founder of Sally Ride’s company) means that she got into that relationship in 1985, smack in the middle of her marriage.

‘It would appear that her childhood friend broke up her marriage. And Sally may have paid with some of her lifespan.’

The FRI, whose mission is to generate empirical research on issues that threaten the ‘traditional family’, say after looking through recent gay people’s obituaries from San Francisco, it indicates lesbians are dying on average around 60.

‘Ride fits the pattern of lesbian deaths, but not that of married women’s deaths, which usually extend into the early-to-mid 80s,’ the right-wing group said. ‘Had she stayed married, Sally Ride might have died at the same age and of the same malady.

‘But on average, her death fits a consistent pattern suggesting that homosexuality is associated with an early demise.’

On the day of her death, President Barack Obama said: ‘As the first American woman to travel into space, Sally was a national hero and a powerful role model.

‘She inspired generations of young girls to reach for the stars and later fought tirelessly to help them get there by advocating for a greater focus on science and math in our schools.

‘Sally’s life showed us that there are no limits to what we can achieve and I have no doubt that her legacy will endure for years to come.’

Ride is survived by her partner Doctor Tam E. O’Shaughnessy.

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