Why Aren't There Any Openly Gay Astronauts?

Jul 24, 2012 | Posted by: Rick in Kansas | Full story: www.space.com

Three hundred and thirty American men and women have served as astronauts since the start of NASA's human spaceflight program.

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Jul 24, 2012
 
Good article.

Also, part of being an astronaut is public relations and politics. And because of that, when it comes time for NASA to pick an astronaut, there's institutional prejudice, a macho culture, and they simply don't want the added hassles that would come with an openly gay astronaut.

Sally Ride was a great American. It's a shame she died so young.

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My condolences to her partner and family.
Space Cadet

El Segundo, CA

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Jul 24, 2012
 

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Rough anal sex in outer space disturbs the inertial navigation system, causing premature firing of the retro-rockets.

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Jul 24, 2012
 
Space Cadet wrote:
Rough anal sex in outer space disturbs the inertial navigation system, causing premature firing of the retro-rockets.
I'm gay. Been out for over 30 years. I NEVER engage in anal sex. never hav. Appparently you are obssessed with it.

I wonder why that is....
an Impartial Observer

Ocala, FL

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Jul 25, 2012
 
I know of one: Helmsman of the Enterprise known as Sulu, George Takei is openly gay. His witty blogs and Facebook postings are great fun to read regardless of the reader's sexual orientation.

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