Trailblazing astronaut Sally Ride will be first out LGBT+ person on a US coin
Astronaut Sally Ride will become the first out LGBT+ person to appear on US currency, as part of the new American Women Quarters Program.
According to United States Mint, the first five limited edition coins in the American Women Quarters Program will launch next year.
The coins honour Ride as well as Maya Angelou, Asian American actor Anna May Wong, Cherokee Nation leader Wilma Mankiller, and suffragette Nina Otero-Warren.
Ride, an engineer and a physicist as well as an astronaut, was the first American woman to travel to space.
She married fellow NASA astronaut Steve Hawley in 1982, but they divorced five years later, and she later entered into a 27-year relationship with science writer and professor emerita of school psychology at San Diego State University, Tam O’Shaughnessy.
Sally Ride on her American Women