June 26, 2010
The Pink Triangle on Twin Peaks in San Francisco

A huge pink triangle was raised Saturday on Twin Peaks, standing as a stark reminder to the thousands celebrating Pride weekend in San Francisco of the oppression gays and lesbians have long faced.

Saturday morning's unfurling of the pink triangle remembered both its horrific history as the emblem Nazis forced gays and lesbians to sew onto their clothing during World War II and its reclamation as a symbol of pride.

The pink triangle is one of history's reminders of hatred and intolerance because it was used in the same way Nazis identified Jews and others deemed unfit as part of Adolf Hitler's master race plan and therefore subject for persecution and elimination. As many as 15,000 gays died in the camps, and tens of thousands more were subjected to other brutalities.






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