Gearhart, Sally Miller

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Gearhart, Sally Miller Gender: F
born on 15 April 1931 at 15:40 (= 3:40 PM )
Place Pearisburg, Virginia, 37n20, 80w44
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Rectified from approx. time
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 24°55' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 00°55 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 15°32'

Sally Miller Gearhart (Photographed in Eugene, Oregon, November 2013)
photo: A.Kate Fritsch, license cc-by-sa-3.0


American teacher, feminist, science fiction writer, and political activist. In 1973 she became the first open lesbian to obtain a tenure-track faculty position when she was hired by San Francisco State University, where she helped establish one of the first women and gender study programs in the country. She later became a nationally known gay rights activist.

In 1978, Gearhart fought alongside Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay politicians in the USA, to defeat California Proposition 6, known as the "Briggs Initiative." Gearhart famously debated John Briggs, attacking the initiative to ban homosexuals from academic positions.

Also in 1978 her most famous novel, The Wanderground, was published. She also wrote two books as part of the Earthkeep trilogy, The Kanshou (2002) and The Magister (2003).

Her life partner was Jane Gurko, a fellow professor at San Francisco State University, until the latter's death in 2010.

Gearhart spent her later years in Willits, California, before moving to a care home in nearby Ukiah, California. After a long illness, she died in Ukiah on 14 July 2021 at the age of 90.

Link to Wikipedia biography



Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from "Our right to love: a lesbian resource book‎" by Ginny Vida (Prentice-Hall, 1978), p. 7: "Sally Miller Gearhart is ... a double Aries with Virgo rising."

Note: A speculative time of 3:40 p.m. gives mid Virgo (15 degrees) rising.


  • Traits : Mind : Education extensive (BA, MA, PhD)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Same sex (Jane Gurko)
  • Family : Relationship : Widowed (Jane Gurko)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Lesbian
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 90)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (Speech and drama)
  • Vocation : Humanities+Social Sciences : Gender Studies
  • Vocation : Occult Fields : Tarot / I Ching (Wrote 1975 book "The Feminist Tarot")
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ political (Gay and lesbian rights activist)
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ feminist (Lesbian feminist)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Sci-Fi/ Fantasy/ Horror (Sci-fi novelist)
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
  • Notable : Famous : First in Field