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Antarctica declared the ‘world’s first LGBTI friendly continent’

Antarctica declared the ‘world’s first LGBTI friendly continent’

Antarctica declared 'world's first LGBTI-friendly continent'

Antarctica might be home to not much else apart from penguins, seals and a few very cold scientists and researchers, but it has made a pretty huge statement.

The southern-most continent, around twice the size of Australia, has been declared the ‘world’s first LGBT-friendly continent’.

Planting Peace, the non-profit advocacy organization who created the rainbow Equality House opposite the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas, made the statement when they recently traveled to Antarctica.


Carrying a Pride flag and planting it in the rock and ice, they called it a symbolic effort to declare full human rights for all LGBTI people living in and visiting the continent.

‘I traveled to Antarctica to play a role in spreading visibility for the need for basic human rights for the LGBT community,’Aaron Jackson, president of Planting Peace, told The Huffington Post.

‘It was an honor to carry the Pride flag throughout Antarctica, 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.’

This isn’t the only example of queer nationalism. Just a few thousand miles away from Antarctica, off the coast of Australia, is the Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea. A micronation created in 2004, its capital is Heaven, the currency is the Euro and the anthem is I Am What I Am from La Cage Aux Folles.