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Snippet from New Scientist: “Why Sally Ride’s sexuality really matters”

July 27, 2012

My friend and fellow science writer, Lisa Grossman eloquently expresses something I’ve been feeling this week after reading Sally Ride’s obituary:

This is why I think Ride’s sexuality matters. If her gender matters for diversity reasons, her sexuality matters too, for the same reason.

Role models only work if you see yourself reflected in them. When young people imagine their possible futures – what career to pursue, where to live, who to spend time with – one of the most important questions in deciding what path to take is, “Will I find people like me there?”

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