Astronaut Sally Ride, Christian singer Shawn Thomas and gay activist Donna Red Wing are slated next month to be inducted into the GLBT Hall of Fame in Chicago.

The three nominees will be inducted on December 19.

Ride, the first American woman in space, passed away in July at the age of 61 after losing a prolonged 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. She also held the distinction of being the youngest American in space.

Ride, often described as a private person, did not publicly discuss her 27 year relationship with partner Tam O'Shaughnessy.

The 44-year-old Thomas is a contemporary Christian singer-songwriter who resides with his partner, Brian Ladd, in West Palm Beach, Florida. Since 2003, he has released 10 albums of mostly original Christian music.

Donna Red Wing is the executive director of One Iowa, Iowa's largest gay rights advocate. She has also served on Obama's kitchen cabinet on LGBT issues and was former Vermont Governor Howard Dean's outreach liaison to the gay community.

(Source: GLBT Hall of Fame.)