White House honors LGBTs

The White House announced Monday (May 20) it would honor the late astronaut Sally Ride, whose same-sex relationship was revealed after her death last year. The White House will present Ride’s partner and other family members with the Medal of Freedom Award, the nation’s highest civilian honor. The ceremony will take place later this year.

Ride, who became the first American woman in space in 1983, died in July 2012 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 61. In a press release announcing her death, her organization noted Tam O’Shaughnessy as “her partner of 27 years,” the first public acknowledgement that Ride was gay.

Also on Monday, the White House announced it would honor ten long-time LGBT civil rights activists and elected officials with “Champions of Change” awards Wednesday (May 22) in a ceremony at the White House.

The “Champions of Change” ceremony will honor the late San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, long-time Minnesota State Rep. Karen Clark, Georgia State Rep. Simone Bell, California Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird, and six others.

The event can be watched on the whitehouse.gov website beginning at 3 p.m. EDT.

3 Responses to White House honors LGBTs

  1. Jd556 says:

    Who cares

  2. Rachel says:

    Yes. A long time coming. Why should I remain afraid of revealing who I am? I hope this allows other cross dressers to come out and be seen without fear and embarrassement.

  3. PK says:

    A) ridiculous and embarrassing.

    B) why is this in the sci/tech section of Google news? — completely miscategorized.

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