Gay Pride Flag Launched Into Space

Thanks to a U.S. non-profit organization, a gay pride flag has been sent into space for the first time. 

Planting Peace sent the flag up by way of a high-altitude balloon, and hopes the act helps to spread peace, and show support for LGBT rights.

BBC reports:

Planting Peace, a US-based non-profit group that seeks to "spread peace in a hurting world", launched the flag near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on 17 August.

The balloon captured video with a GoPro camera as it floated 21.1 miles (34.1km) above earth for three hours.

Organisers said they wanted to declare space gay friendly, "in a peaceful, beautiful way".

The balloon and its flag returned to earth, but the episode was captured in striking footage that shows the planet's surface from above, with the sun beaming behind the flag. 

The non-profit group said: "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."

It added that the stunt emphasised the need for the gay community to have a safe space in every corner of the universe.

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