The Pink Triangle Memorial is America’s first historical landmark remembering
Homosexual men persecuted in Fascist Europe between 1933-1945.
Being one of the earliest minority groups targeted, approximately 100,000 men were
arrested during this time and as many as 15,000 were sentenced to work and death
camps. Assumed feminine by nature, Homosexual men were tagged with Pink
Triangles. Lesbians however, were not considered Homosexual but Asocial, they were
given Black Triangles and forced into prostitution.
During the later part of the 20th century, the Pink Triangle transformed from a symbol of
hatred to one of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Queer pride.
In 2001, the Pink Triangle Memorial was dedicated to 15,000 men by erecting 15 pink
and grey granite triangular pylons, each representing 1,000 men. Together the pylons
form a triangle, facing the Rainbow Flag.
In addition to this, a large Pink Triangle made of rose quartz stones sits among the pink
rose bushes as a symbol of love, healing and pride. Visitors are encouraged to take the
stones and spread this message throughout the world.
The Pink Triangle Memorial is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization of the Eureka Valley
Foundation. Donations welcomed.