[Image: watercolor of two mermaids embracing; one is blue, the other pink.]
Tam O’Shaughnessy: About Sally Ride’s Partner Of 27 Years
Tam O’Shaughnessy was Sally Ride’s partner for 27 years, but their partnership was cut short Monday when Ride — the first American woman in space — died of pancreatic cancer at just 61 years old.
Sally Ride was an American heroine, looked up to by a generation of science lovers ever since she made history by blasting into space on NASA’s shuttle Challenger on June 18, 1983. On that day she became the first American woman in space.
But her longtime partner, Dr. Tam E. O’Shaughnessy, is a very accomplished woman in her own right.
O’Shaughnessy was by Sally Ride’s side throughout the astronaut’s 17-month battle against cancer, and before Ride became ill they co-authored four books, including “Mission: Planet Earth: Our World and Its Climate — and How Humans Are Changing Them” and “Voyager: An Adventure to the Edge of the Solar System.”
O’Shaughnessy, a professor emerita of school psychology at San Diego State University, is also chief operating officer and executive vice president of Sally Ride’s foundation, named Sally Ride Science, where the duo and their staff nurtured young students and worked to encourage them to pursue their passions in science, tech, engineering and math.
Dr. O’Shaughnessy will not receive the benefits due to the spouses of deceased astronauts, because the United States federal government does not recognize same-sex marriage. Nor has she received much mention or recognition for the active role she took in Dr. Ride’s work as the nation mourns.
As we remember Dr. Ride, we also extend our love and sympathy to her loving partner, Tam O’Shaughnessy. Thank you both for all you’ve done.
[Images: Photos from a queer rights protest march during the 1980’s. The first image is of a group of dark skinned female identifying people, one of which is just wearing a bra as a top, one woman holding a sign that says “Homo Don’t Play That”, another holding one saying “Dyke Rights” with an inverted pink triangle underneath. The second photo is of a group holding signs, and one man holding a large one that reads “Claim your Power”. Third image is of a man wearing a headband made out of a flowery scarf, covered with stickers that read with homosexual based pejoratives. The fourth image is of a man wearing vivid make up of light blues, pinks, and white, with a large scruffy beard, holding a sign. Fifth image is of a woman wearing sunglasses with short, puffy hair. Her arms are lifted. Final imag is of a group of people in front of a gay pride flag, one man holding a sign that is cut off from the image. From what is showing, it reads “Lies”.]
Photos from protests for queer rights in the 80’s
As part of Crystal Bell’s NYU thesis project A Social OUTlet she released these photos via flickr from her brother’s personal collection.
A set of photos from a part of history that we may have never seen without social media.
“HOMO DON’T PLAY THAT”
A lesbian couple from California filed a class-action federal lawsuit on Thursday to stop the deportation of same-sex spouses, according to the Associated Press.
The suit, filed on behalf of Philippines citizen Jane DeLeon, adds to the list of recent cases in support of immigrants in same-sex marriages who would qualify for legal status if not for the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
DeLeon, an accounting clerk, is eligible for a green card but needs a waiver to show that the separation would cause extreme hardship to an American citizen spouse or parent.
Two devout Buddhist women are to hold the nation’s first gay Buddhist wedding next month as part of an effort to push for the legalization of same-sex marriages in Taiwan.
“We are not only doing it for ourselves, but also for other gays and lesbians,” Fish Huang said in a telephone interview.
The 30-year-old social worker at a non-governmental organization said that marriage never crossed her mind until she saw a movie last year.
The film portrayed two lesbians whose ill-fated relationship concluded after one died and the other was left heartbroken over the denial of spousal benefits.
“It’s so sad,” Huang said, who plans to wed her partner of seven years on Aug. 11 at a Buddhist altar in Taoyuan County.
Both brides are planning to wear white wedding gowns and listen to lectures given by Buddhist masters about marriage, accompanied by a series of chantings and blessings from monks and nuns.
Although homosexual marriages are not legally recognized in Taiwan, Huang insisted on tying the knot because she wants to make her relationship complete and raise awareness about the difficulties faced by sexual minorities.
Alternative sexual orientation and marriage have yet to be widely accepted by the general public, despite years of effort by activists to secure equality in Taiwan.
[Image: Photo of two women sitting on steps together, smiling, one giving a thumbs up, holding up a circular sign with a rainbow flag that reads, “The heterosexual’s abuse of power has to end! Equal rights for all =”]
Maya & Margarita
A very kind and lovely married couple. One Colombian, the other Cuban. Been together for 37 years and got married a month ago
Diana King comes out: Prominent Jamaican singer admits to being a lesbian
Internationally acclaimed Jamaican singer, Diana King has taken an unprecedented step within the local music industry as she dropped a bombshell on Thursday, admitting that she is a lesbian.
The highly regarded Reggae singer, known for classics such as Shy Guy, I Say A Little Prayer and L-L-Lies made the confession through a note which she issued on her official Facebook page. It’s a historic moment within the local music industry as she’s the first artiste of note to come out as a homosexual.
In her note, King wrote, “My name is DIANA EUGENA KING, known to most as DIANA KING my fans call me KingSinga.”
“I AM … WOMAN … MOTHER … AUNT … JAMAICAN … AMERICAN … INTERNATIONAL ARTIST … SINGER … SONGWRITER … BAND LEADER … FRIEND … LOVER … ENTREPRENEUR … GODDESS! among other things AND YES!!!…I AM A LESBIAN … the answer to my most asked INDIRECT question. I welcome the “WHO CARES” right now. LOL.”
[Image: art of Meg from Hercules and Ariel from The Little Mermaid, faces together all blushily and Meg embracing Ariel from behind. Ariel has her blue dress on (and legs).]
[Image: art of two pale-skinned women, one femme and the other butch. The femme is wearing a polkadot dress and straddling the butch’s lap, arms and legs wrapped around each other. They are looking into each other’s eyes.]
LOL fuq shadows we dont have them.
(jk ill add them later)
[Image: An illustration of two pale women, one with long, flowing red hair and another with short, curly white hair. The white haired woman is hugging the redheaded woman from behind, arms framing her large chest. In the background, a series of abstract squares and circles ranging from blue to gold to black.]
Some lady fluff and a quite Gustav Klimt resembling background, which wasn’t my original plan. I wanted to practice square patterns, since I usually tend to draw only round shapes. : -)
[Image: Illustration of two nude women sitting on the floor next to the bed, one with short hair, another with long hair covering her chest, sitting snuggled together with flowers in their hair and around their wrists. The colours are bright and scattering, the women look as if they’re under the influence of drugs of some sort.]
[Image: Illustration of two white women, one with short, curly red hair, the other with brunette, it tied up in a bun. The women are looking at one another longingly, one with a small earpiece in. Both are in their underwear, the red haired one’s lacy, the brunette’s are plain.]
doodle - Natasha/Maria (Avengers)
~~*i cant draw women*~~
[Image: Webcam photo of two young pale women, one with black curly hair, one with blonde hair pulled back, both wearing glasses, laughing and smiling together.]
Happy Anniversary to Gabi and Kimmi. One year of happiness. May many more grace them.