U.S. Antarctic stations celebrate Polar Pride Day
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U.S. Antarctic stations celebrate Polar Pride Day

Polar Pride celebrations span the frozen continent

People wave pride flags at the South Pole
Photo Credit: Aman Chokshi
Residents of Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station pose with a Pride flag next to the geographic South Pole.

U.S. Antarctic Program participants observed the third annual Polar Pride Day on November 18, a celebration of the LGBTQ+ individuals who support and conduct polar research. Held on the same day as LGBTQ+ STEM Day, Polar Pride demonstrates the commitment to supporting and enhancing diversity in polar research.

Nearly 50 countries participated in the inaugural Polar Pride Day in 2020, and participation continues to grow. In celebrating Polar Pride Day, participants aim to foster a more diverse understanding of who polar researchers are and celebrate the contributions of LGBTQ+ researchers and support staff at Earth’s poles.

This year, USAP stations celebrated with social gatherings, Pride flag displays, rainbow-themed clothing and desserts, and even an LGBTQ+ movie weekend. Stations across the Antarctic continent also shared pride-themed video messages with each other. Here are some photos from this year’s Polar Pride celebrations.

Pride at McMurdo Station
Photo Credit: Lauren Lipuma
Residents of McMurdo Station take a group photo celebrating Polar Pride Day 2022.
Icing is placed on rainbow cakes
Photo Credit: Lauren Lipuma
McMurdo Station bakers Alyssa Kirkbride and Auden Mucher prepare to ice rainbow-themed cakes for Polar Pride Day.