Rainbow Flag Launched Into Stratosphere, Space Declared Gay-Friendly

"I'm just pumped space is gay now," says Planting Peace's Aaron Jackson.

Folks on Earth are still arguing over LGBT equality, but in space the matter has been settled: The group Planting Peace launched a rainbow flag into the upper atmosphere and has declared space LGBTQ-friendly.

The flag was attached to a high-altitude balloon and sent up on August 17.

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A camera attached to the balloon recorded the journey, with the flag ultimately reaching 21.1 miles above the planet before beginning its descent.

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Rainbow pennants have been planted on mountaintops in Uganda and North Carolina—and Planting Peace planted one in Antarctica—but this is the first Pride flag in space.

Planting Peace’s Aaron Jackson worked with an expert in high-altitude photography to make sure the historic event could be captured on film—and that the flag would come down safely.

“I’m just pumped space is gay now,” Jackson told NewNowNext.

“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.”

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.