Should Sally Ride have revealed that she was gay?

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Should Sally Ride have revealed that she was gay?
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Thu, 07-26-2012 - 4:34pm

I was sad to learn that Sally Ride had passed away this week, she was such a role model to my generation to know that women really can a "man's job".  I really didn't react to the news that she was lesbian, until I read this opinion piece from CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/26/opinion/darrah-sally-ride-lesbian/index.html?hpt=op_t1

The piece talks about how some opinions are that she let down the LGBT community by not coming out that she was gay, which the author disagreed with.  She talks about how it was a different world 30 years ago, and it didn't surprise her that she wasn't public about that side of her life.  It makes me wonder if she would have been the first woman in space if it was known that she was gay.  She might not have had the same legacy if she was open about her sexuality.  

Do you think that women today are still hesitant to come out as gay in today's workforce?  Do you think that's it's more acceptable in some industries versus others?  

 

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jamblessedthree wrote:
I find it funny that this is a surprise for some, Chik Fil A has always held a moral stand, Traditional values, etc.

There's nothing -- repeat, NOTHING--moral about supporting the death penalty for homosexuals.

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They are not "taking a nasty beating for stating their feelings". They are reaping the consequences of actively supporting and underwriting violence towards gay people.  They are feeling the consequences of their CEO's use of CFA's profits to actively lobby for legislation to make being gay a crime punishable by the DEATH PENALTY.  For making it a crime to KNOW a gay person without reporting them to the police.

The CEO of CFA is perfectly within his rights to have the opinions he has.  And I (and others who object) have the absolute right to call him on his bigotry and hate.  And to decide our money will not be going to his personal vendetta against gay people's right to exist.

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Back to Sally Ride and whether she would have been drummed out of the astronaut corps if she had come out as gay in 1985, when evidently she began the affair with O'Shaunessy. Not only yes, but hell, yes! Today, probably not. And I am sure there would be nany people, confusing homosexuality with pedophilia, who would have been reluctant to let their daughters go near her in her second career, had they known she was gay.
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Yeah? So he's religious and has been forever and has instilled those values in his company. That's not what this is all about. If that's what you think it is about then yoiu are either very uninformed or badly misinformed.

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If this was about the morals and values of the company in general or the CEO in particular, it wouldn't be an issue. Which is why it hasn't been an issue for the past 15 years.

You obviously don't "get" what this is about.

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I am totally in agreement that CFA has the right to be in business. The mayor that said he wouldn't grant them a business license was out of line.

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That's true.  I think it will be very interesting to see how all of this affects their bottom line, and also if they'll meet resistance moving into new markets. 

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Wed, 08-01-2012 - 11:38am
I think it wouuld be very hard to prove. And harder to put any monetary value on teh damages. I'd think, instead, that any gay employee that feels the work environment is hostile would just leave. For the most part, jobs in that industry aren't hard to come by. And if the person is at a management or corporate level in which other jobs aren't very plentiful, they probably have known about the anti-gay stuff for a long time, so they've kind of accepted their fate, kwim?

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Wed, 08-01-2012 - 10:51am
Now that I've changed my post, what do you think about it? I'm really curious to read your views on if they are opening themselves up to liability. IMHO, just seems to be a risky move.

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Wed, 08-01-2012 - 10:46am
Apologies, bad choice of words.

Going back to edit my post.

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