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November 21, 2013

Astronaut Sally Ride and Bayard Rustin, the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington,  join 14 others who are honored in a White House ceremony

In a White House ceremony, President Barack Obama posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the same-sex partners of NASA astronaut Sally Ride and human rights activist Bayard Rustin.

The honor, the highest for US civilians, was started 50 years ago by President John Kennedy.

June 18, 2013

Late astronaut was revealed to be a lesbian after her death last year

It was 30 years ago today that Sally Ride became the first American woman to fly in space.

At the time, it was not known that she was also the first lesbian to do so.

It was on 18 June, 1983 that Ride was on the space shuttle Challenger. She also flew on Challenger in 1984.

'I never went into physics or the astronaut corps to become a role model,' Ride told The Harvard Business Review shortly before her death last year. 'But after my first flight, it became clear to me that I was one. And I began to understand the importance of that to people.'

May 21, 2013

Sally Ride was the first American woman in space and the first known LGBT astronaut

The White House and NASA are to honor America's first woman in space and first know LGBT astronaut, Sally Ride, by awarding her a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom.

President Barack Obama announced on Monday Ride will be posthumously awarded America's highest civilian honor during a White House ceremony later this year.

July 25, 2012

Woman who played Lt. Uhura says Ride was 'a symbol for all of the little girls'

In her role as communications officer Lt. Uhura aboard the USS Enterprise in the original Star Trek television series and feature films, Nichelle Nichols was a pioneer of sorts for women in space - at least fictionally.

Sally Ride, who died this week of pancreatic cancer, was the real deal as the first US woman in space. It was not widely known until her death that she was a lesbian who is survived by her female partner of 27 years.

June 27, 2012

An Australian court has opened the way for a new investigation into the death of an American gay man in 1988 that was dismissed as a suicide

The New South Wales Coroners Court has paved the way for a new investigation into the 1988 death of an American gay man in Sydney.

A 1989 inquest ruled the death of 27 year old Scott Johnson to be a suicide despite his body being found naked on the rocks below an area where gay men were known to sunbathe and meet for sex near Manly’s Shelly Beach.

Johnson had no history of depression and had been told only that morning that he was well on his way to achieving his doctorate in mathematics from the Australian National University.