How These Remote Locations Celebrate LGBTQ Pride
Even at the ends of the Earth, LGBTQ communities are finding ways to celebrate one another.
McMurdo Station looks a lot like any other small town. There are bars, gyms, a firehouse, yoga classes, and basketball games. And like many towns around the world, McMurdo will be celebrating Pride Month this June—an annual event to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots, considered the tipping point in gay liberation in America—but they’ll be doing it in total darkness at minus 20°F. That's because McMurdo Station isn’t in middle America. It's a U.S. research center on Ross Island, Antarctica.
“Being down here, it can feel like you are isolated and alone, and you forget that the world is happening off the ice too,” says Shawn Waldron, an employee in the station’s food and services sector.
But this year, the nearly 140-person,