MercoPress, en Español

Montevideo, May 30th 2023 - 10:35 UTC



South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands Celebrates Inaugural Polar Pride Day

Thursday, November 19th 2020 - 09:02 UTC
Full article 11 comments
To mark the day photos and stories are being shared on social media using the hashtag #PolarPride.  At King Edward Point and Bird Island all station personnel have got involved. To mark the day photos and stories are being shared on social media using the hashtag #PolarPride. At King Edward Point and Bird Island all station personnel have got involved.

On 18 November the Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI) and the Government of the British Antarctic Territory (BAT) are celebrating the inaugural Polar Pride Day. This day demonstrates a commitment to support and enhance Diversity in Polar Science.

To mark the day photos and stories are being shared on social media using the hashtag #PolarPride. At King Edward Point and Bird Island all station personnel have got involved with celebrating this important day.

18 November is International day of LGBTQ+ people in STEM for 2020. It is hoped that #PolarPride will become an offshoot of this to be celebrated every 18 November, since the Territories are such a strong focus for science, technology, engineering and math.

As part of a series of activities and initiatives to mark the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica, the Diversity in UK Polar Science initiative, conceived and funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office Polar Regions Department, celebrates existing diversity, and takes an important step forward to promote and enhance Antarctic and sub-Antarctic science opportunities to under-represented groups, including women, people from ethnic minorities, BAME, LGBTQ+ community and people with a disability.

When the day was first declared, Minister for the Polar Regions, Baroness Sugg, said: “#Polar Pride will be an opportunity for those working in the British Antarctic Territory and South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands to celebrate diversity and show their support for LGBTQ+ colleagues. I also hope Polar colleagues in the UK will get involved, to make everyone feel included to play their role in understanding and protecting the amazing Polar Regions.”

Dr Huw Griffiths, a bio-geographer at British Antarctic Survey and a member of the LGBTQ+ community, said: “This announcement feels like a huge step forward and a visible symbol of inclusion and support for the LGBTQI+ community working in BAS, SGSSI and in international polar research.”

“We started Pride in Polar Research two years ago when an early career researcher reached out seeking solutions to the isolation and discrimination they faced. At the time these issues weren’t openly talked about in the scientific community. This announcement shows the important progress we are making towards greater inclusivity.” (SGSSIG)

Top Comments

Disclaimer & comment rules
  • Chicureo

    Estimado THINK

    Pity the LBGTQ+ penguins...

    Sorry for not earlier responding to your post on the other thread — but my 'feminine creature' was thoroughly enraged with the new barn floor-tile pattern orientation — c'est la vie!

    If you remember the Addams — perhaps you'll notice why I think Liz Wheeler is an adult Wednesday that dyed her hair blonde. (And please refrain from comparing Madame as Morticia as I would then have to make a similitude of yourself as Uncle Fester. Anyway — Madame DeFarge is far darker than Morticia when she's in an angry mood.)

    I hope your Christmas will not be entirely alone — but I can imagine the silent bliss of fishing on the Mediterranean Sea...

    ...and I especially share your appreciation of telescopes. I also utilize Gutenberg — but prefer to read my grandfather's ignored library as there are so many of his favorites yet to explore. (Including an untouched collection of W.B.Yeats I'm ashamed to admit.)

    Too many enjoyable activities with the beautiful weather here!

    (I will happily grant your treat to my loyal Teutonic Freund.)


    Nov 19th, 2020 - 07:21 pm 0
  • Chicureo

    Estimado THINK

    You in what was considered the center of civilization and myself here at finis terrae...

    What I expect is a mundo despertó in the coming year where the globalists will try to reorient our economic capitalist system and creatively implement carbon taxes to reappropriate wealth.

    It's interesting how they preach to us from Davos Switzerland how we need to follow their new world order — and curiously how the incoming Biden administration plans to continue the 20+ year Middle East occupation...

    Let's hope the little penguins work out their own complicated social order.


    Nov 19th, 2020 - 08:57 pm 0
  • Think

    Are you again trying to pull a “Rudy Giuliani” on me..., hermanito...?
    With your “common sense” that doesn't make sense...?
    Your “simple math” that doesnt add up...?
    Your illogical “logic”...?

    You woud be a perfect Flat Earther..., you know...?
    You question everything..., just not yourself...

    Nov 19th, 2020 - 09:33 pm 0
Read all comments

Commenting for this story is now closed.
If you have a Facebook account, become a fan and comment on our Facebook Page!