The organisation Planting Peace sent the first pride flag into space, and in doing so, declared space LGBTQ friendly.
This initiative was carried out by same the non-profit human rights organisation that bought the ‘Equality House’ across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church, in Kansas.
To achieve this, the organisers attached a GoPro camera to a high altitude balloon. The pride flag was in space for more than three hours before it made its way back to the earth.
The flag reached an altitude of 21.1 miles above the earth before it started descending.
According to their statement, 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.”
“Our hope was to create the largest safe SPACE possible for our LGBTQ community. 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.” The statement concluded.
Watch the video of the Flag in Space below: