For the very first time, the gay pride flag has been sent into space, thanks to a high-altitude balloon.
Planting Peace, who’s name probably seems familiar thanks to their infamous North Carolina billboard, are a US non-profit that seeks to “spread peace in a hurting world”, launched the balloon from Wisconsin on August 17.
The balloon was also equipped with a Go Pro, and recorded the balloon’s amazing journey as it floated to a peak orbit of 21.1 miles above the earth, where it remained for three hours.
The organisers said they wanted to declare space gay friendly “in a peaceful, beautiful way”.
Planting Peace went on to say: “The primary purpose of this declaration is to support the ongoing fight for the fundamental human rights of our LGBTQ [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer] family, moving us closer to a universal understanding that all people deserve to live freely and love freely without fear and discrimination.”
The balloon of course eventually returned to earth, but it’s still an amazing gesture and a wonderful sight to behold the LGBT flag riding high above the Earth, with the sun shining through it from behind.