Pink Triangle Park

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Pink Triangle Park and Memorial
Information board

The Pink Triangle Park is a triangular shaped mini-park located in the Castro District of San Francisco, California, at the intersection of 17th Street and Market Street, directly above the Castro Street Station of Muni Metro.

It is the first permanent, free-standing memorial in America to the thousands of persecuted homosexuals in Nazi Germany during the Holocaust of World War II. Fifteen triangular granite columns—one for every 1,000 gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons estimated to have been killed during the Holocaust—in a triangular pattern surround a pink-quartz-filled triangle in the center of the park. The triangle theme recalls the Nazis forcing gay men to wear pink triangles sewn to their clothes as an identifier and badge of shame. The Pink Triangle Park was dedicated on 10 December 2001[1] by the Eureka Valley Promotion Association.[2] According to the neighborhood group that maintains the space, the Pink Triangle Park serves as "a physical reminder of how the persecution of any individual or single group of people damages all humanity." [3] The Castro serves as a LGBT neighborhood for the San Francisco and Bay Areas communities, as well as a tourist destination for its part in modern LGBT history.

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  1. ^ Plaque which is part of the monument.
  2. ^ "Park honors gay, lesbian Holocaust victims, ''San Francisco Chronicle'' June 27, 2003". Sfgate.com. 2003-06-27. Retrieved 2013-02-12. 
  3. ^ Pink Triangle Park website, maintained by the Castro/Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association (EVNA)

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Coordinates: 37°45′44″N 122°26′10″W / 37.76222°N 122.43611°W / 37.76222; -122.43611