Wannabe LGBT+ astronauts are being encouraged to apply for a new contest which aims to send the first openly queer person into space. In almost six decades of space travel more than 500 people have been into outer space—none of whom have been openly LGBT+.
The Out Astronaut Contest is aiming to change that by sending a young queer astronaut into orbit.
“We believe that communities are empowered when they are represented,” said the contest’s organisers, Stardom Space and Project PoSSUM (Polar Suboribital Science in the Upper Mesosphere).
“Our goal is to train and fly a member of the LGBT+ community as a scientist-astronaut.”