PHOTOS: Sally Ride, Bayard Rustin Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

The gay pioneers were among 16 honorees awarded the highest civilian honor at the White House Wednesday.

BY Editors

November 21 2013 11:17 AM ET

President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Tam O'Shaughnessy, Sally Ride's partner, on behalf of Ride in the East Room at the White House. Ride, who was awarded the Medal of Freedom posthumously, was the first female American astronaut to travel to space.