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Sally Ride will become first out LGBTQ person on US currency

Sally Ride will become first out LGBTQ person on US currency

Sally Ride, the first American woman and first known LGBTQ person to travel to space, will become the first openly LGBTQ person to appear on U.S. currency.

The U.S. Mint will issue new quarters over the next four years featuring a number of trailblazing American women, with Ride’s quarter set to enter circulation in 2022. 

The design of Ride’s quarter depicts the astronaut next to a window on the space shuttle, inspired by her comment, “When I wasn’t working, I was usually at a window looking down at Earth.”

Ride, who died in 2012, “would be so moved by this great honor,” her partner, Tam O’Shaughnessy, said in a statement.

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