The largely uninhabited, ice-covered continent of Antarctica will celebrate its first ever Pride this June, 850 miles from the South Pole.
The historic event will be held at Antarctica’s largest research station during Antarctica’s winter months of March-September when 133 people remain at McMurdo Station.
According to organisers Evan Townsend and Shawn Waldron, of the 133 employees, 10 identify as LGBT and add that they were nervous about LGBT representation on the remote continent.
“My biggest fear before I left was, ‘I’m going to be the only gay person, there’s going to be no one else here,’” Waldron explains to NewNowNext. “I was wrong.”
Townsend, who brought the Pride flag with him to Antarctica and works in the galley, told NewNowNext other LGBT events have been planned following Pride in the warmer months when the population of the station increased to around 900.
“We had a few LGBTQ social events that people showed up to,” Townsend says. “Because it’s such a small community, it’s easy to find out who is and who isn’t in the LGBTQ community.”
Townsend organised to take a group photo with the Pride flag in April as there is less light on the continent in June.
“Why not take this photo and let people see that there’s queer representation — even at the end of the earth,” Townsend says.
Details on the Pride event are still being organised but the pair, and expressed plans to host a gay bar night and a movie night.