Planting Peace - a rights activist group in the USA - have declared space an LGBTQIA+ friendly zone, sending a rainbow flag into orbit last month.
On August 17, they sent a weather balloon with a rainbow flag attached up, up, and away capturing the whole thing with a GoPro camera. Reaching a peak altitude of 33.9km, the flag was airborne for just over three hours.
“The primary purpose of this declaration is to support the ongoing fight for the fundamental human rights of our LGBTQ family, moving us closer to a universal understanding that all people deserve to live freely and love freely without fear and discrimination," Planting Peace said via statement.
“Our hope was to create the largest safe SPACE possible for our LGBTQ community," they continued. "It also offered us a chance to reinforce, in a peaceful, beautiful way, our ongoing message to our LGBTQ family: 'You are loved, valued and beautiful. There is nothing wrong with you. You are not alone, and we will stand with you.'"
Speaking to the Huffington Post, Aaron Jackson, the group's President, added that it was an "honour to send the first Pride flag into space," noting that "it provided a wonderful opportunity to show that Planting Peace will not stop fighting for LGBTQ rights until all sexual and gender minorities experience full, fundamental rights in every corner of the universe."
“I would love for LGBTQ children who are struggling to see this, and look up to the stars and remember that the universe shines brightly for them, and they are not alone," he concluded.