Pride is being celebrated on Antarctica. The event, to be celebrated in June will mark the first time Pride has been celebrated on the remote southern continent.
It will be at McMurdo Station, the United States’ primary station on Antarctica, which is some 850 miles from the South Pole. The site houses as many as 900 employees, although just 133 are there for the Antarctic winter, which runs from March to September. Ten identify as LGBT.
The community at McMurdo Station opted to begin celebrating Pride early, taking a historic photo standing in the rugged wilderness, holding a pride flag. It was roughly -14° as they took the photo.
At the remote site, it is difficult for members of the LGBT community to remain connected to queer culture at large. This means there’s little chance of checking out the scene on Grindr or catching up with your favorite queer centric programming.
During winter months, the entire staff lives together in one of three structures. Also, the ten hours a day, six days a week work schedules of those at the station leave little time for social activities as it is.
In any case, even in as remote a place as Antarctica, you can find a LGBT community.
President Obama declared June LGBT Pride Month