Pink Triangle Park, San Francisco

Pink Triangle Park, San Francisco

Located in the Castro District of San Francisco, the Pink Triangle Park is a mini-park that takes on the shape of a triangle. Spanning less than 4,000 square feet (370 square meters), it is situated facing Market Street. The park holds historical significance. It stands as the first permanent, independent memorial in the United States, honoring the thousands of homosexuals who were persecuted during the Holocaust in Nazi Germany during World War II.

The park features fifteen granite pylons or columns, each dedicated to the memory of the numerous victims who identified as homosexual, bisexual, or transgender and lost their lives under Hitler's Nazi regime. At the heart of the park lies a triangular area filled with loose rocks, adorned with rose crystals. Visitors are encouraged to take a crystal as a part of their experience at the memorial. This triangle motif serves as a reminder of the cruel practice imposed by the Nazis, whereby homosexual men were forced to wear pink triangles sewn onto their clothing, branding them as targets of shame and discrimination.

On December 10, 2001, which coincided with the United Nations Human Rights Day, the Pink Triangle Park was formally dedicated by the Eureka Valley Promotion Association. Maintained by a non-profit organization, the park aims to be a tangible representation of the profound impact inflicted upon humanity when any individual or specific group faces persecution. The Castro District, renowned as an LGBT neighborhood, serves as a community hub for San Francisco and the Bay Area and has become a popular tourist destination due to its significant role in modern LGBT history.

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Sight Name: Pink Triangle Park
Sight Location: San Francisco, USA (See walking tours in San Francisco)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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