The following is written by Michael Adee, Executive Director of More Light Presbyterians, who are working for LGBT inclusion in the Presbyterian Church. For the best, and fullest story on the Ride family, we recommend Buzzfeed. We posted a blog about it here.
The Ride family is an all-American family and at the same time an extraordinary one. Sally and Bear’s parents, Joyce and Dale Ride encouraged them to study hard, to do their best and be anything they wanted to be. In 1983, Newsweek quoted Dale Ride as saying, “We might have encouraged, but mostly we just let them explore.” And, explore they did. Sally explored the stars; Bear explored the heavens, particularly how we can live together respecting all persons as children of God and one human family. I was introduced to the Ride family through More Light Presbyterians. Bear had long been an advocate for LGBT persons in both church and society.