Amidst all the remembrances of Sally Ride’s accomplishments, one thing that was missed was the shoddy way her partner has been treated.
Unfortunately, Ride’s domestic partner of 27 years Tam O’Shaughnessy, under federal law, will not receive the survivor annuity, death benefits, or Social Security payments that are given to family members of heterosexual astronauts.
There’s a petition you can sign here. Obviously, the petition is too limited— it focuses just on Ride’s partner. But presumably the hope is that calling attention to this case will change the law, thus helping others as well.