the Pink Triangle Park is the first permanent, free-standing memorial in the United States dedicated to the persecuted and murdered homosexuals during the Nazi era. The park and monument was conceived and built by the Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association (EVNA), a neighborhood association for the Castro, Upper Market and Duboce Triangle areas. The park continues to evolve as a living human rights memorial with the dedication from local residents and businesses, school kids, tourists and visitors, along with the generous support from private and public donors.
The Monument: California granite pylons rise in remembrance of the tens of thousands of homosexual men who were persecuted, imprisoned and murdered during and after the reign of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany.
Throughout history, there are times when prejudice overwhelms all reason and humanity. Such was the case under the Nazis. But even after the Nazis’ defeat, the discrimination against the gay community continued, using Paragraph 175 of the penal code. Briefly freed from concentration camps by Allied troops, those prisoners wearing the pink triangle badges were returned to finish their sentences. Those who survived two imprisonments emerged as second-class citizens, even under democratically elected governments.
Pink Triangle Park is a place of remembrance and reflection, to wonder and educate, a quiet place to repair and renew. This hallowed ground attempts to remind how persecution of any individual or single group of people inevitably damages all humanity. Please pause for a moment to reflect upon the moral, ethical and spiritual aspects of that time and to embrace the individual responsibilities all people share as citizens of a democracy.