Courtesy of HuffPo:
Now there’s a new reason to seriously start investigating the possibility of civilian space travel: one of our favorite non-profit organizations just declared the universe LGBT-friendly.
Planting Peace’s latest display of solidarity with the queer community involves a Pride flag, a high altitude balloon and a GoPro camera. The group, which regularly launches social activism campaigns to raise awareness about issues like LGBT rights and deworming children in developing countries, used the balloon to elevate a rainbow flag up through the Earth’s atmosphere. It eventually reached its peak altitude approximately 21.1 miles above the planet.
The flag remained airborne, floating in outer space for just over three hours before making its descent back to Earth, in what Planting Peace says is a symbolic declaration of the universe as an LGBT-friendly space.
In all seriousness it has been one of the great joys of my life to watch the progress we have made as a people in these last eight years now.
In 2000 George W. Bush ran on conservative "morality" issues and in 2004 supported an amendment to ban gay marriage. Today we see wide acceptance of the LGBTQ community, and same sex marriage is legal in all states.
We see gay couples in advertisements, on TV shows, and quite frequently in our own families.
So why not alert the universe to how far we have come?
Maybe an alien race will decide that we are finally evolved enough to deserve a visit.
And wouldn't THAT put a lot of things into a different perspective?