Pansexual astronaut Cameron Bess on launching with Blue Origin and why diversity matters in space

Pansexual Twitch streamer Cameron Bess fulfilled a lifelong dream to go to space on Saturday (Dec. 11), framing the opportunity as an important representation moment for the LGBTQ+ community.

Bess launched on a suborbital trip with Blue Origin as one of six space tourists on the company’s New Shepard rocket. They flew with their father, Lane Bess, as one of the mission’s four paying passengers that joined “Good Morning America” host Michael Strahan and Laura Shepard Churchley, daughter of the first American in space Alan Shepard, on the flight.