The good people of non-profit organization Planting Peace, which raises awareness for LGBT equality and operates the rainbow-colored house across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church, have taken a historic trip to Antarctica to declare the land mass “the world’s first LGBT-friendly continent.”
Planting Peace President and founder Aaron Jackson said “the primary purpose of this declaration is to instill full fundamental human rights to LGBT people inhabiting or visiting the continent of Antarctica.”
By carrying a rainbow flag (and also a transgender flag) to the southernmost place on Earth and proudly waving it among the penguin residents there, the group aims to “raise awareness for the need for action across the planet because basic rights are still denied to the LGBT community in so many countries across the world.”
Let this declaration serve as a catalyst to create the momentum needed to bring LGBT rights to every continent in the world. And let this serve as a signal that the LGBT movement is moving forward to relentlessly battle for LGBT rights. Currently, 76 countries are violating the rights of LGBT people, and in six countries you can even be killed for being a sexual minority. Visibility and advocacy for the rights of sexual minorities is desperately needed.
“It was an honor to carry the Pride flag throughout Antarctica,” he later told the Huffington Post, “and Planting Peace will not stop fighting for LGBT rights until all sexual and gender minorities experience full, fundamental rights in every corner of the world.”