The Pink Triangle, San Francisco
The Pink Triangle
The next 2014 Pink Triangle starts in 2014-06-30 07:00:00 GMT-08:00, on Saturday 28th, June 2014.

The 2013 Pink Triangle was installed on Twin Peaks thanks to the more than 175 volunteers who showed up Sat morning, June 29th, 2013--see KTVU News coverage: Large turnout!

Set-up was June 29th, 2013 from 7 am - 9:30 am. The Commemoration Ceremony started at 10:30 am. Breakdown was June 30th, 2013, from 5 pm - 8:00 pm.

Driving Directions Annual Pink Triangle Installation and Commemoration for SF Pride Weekend

2013 Commemoration Ceremony Program:

Honored Guests: Michael Tilson Thomas (11-time Grammy winning conductor and Music Director of the SF Symphony) will tell the "History of the Pink Triangle", CA Senator Mark Leno, CA Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, CA Assemblymember Phil Ting, President of the SF Board of Supervisors David Chiu, SF Treasurer Jose Cisneros, SF Supervisor Scott Wiener, SF Supervisor David Campos, SF Supervisor Malia Cohen, SF Director of Housing Opportunity, Partnerships and Engagement (HOPE) and former SF Supervisor Bevan Dufty, Grand Marshal Tabatha Coffey of Bravo TV's "Tabatha Takes Over", Grand Marshal Alex Newell of TV's hit "GLEE", Grand Marshal Mondo Guerra of "Project Runway", along with many of the SF Pride Parade Community Grand Marshalls.

The goal of the Pink Triangle ceremony: is to remind people of what can happen when hatred and bigotry become law. Discriminatory laws led to the creation of the Pink Triangle patch that homosexuals were forced to wear in Nazi concentration camps, and the Yellow Star of David badge that Jews were forced to wear under Nazi occupation, and a whole series of colored patches for each of their targeted groups of "undesirables". We try to prevent such hatred from happening again. Even though the legalized Homophobia, anti-Semitism and hatred toward many other minorities which took place in Nazi Germany 80 years ago no longer exist there today, such hatred certainly persists in many parts of the world including Uganda, Malawi, Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Click Here for further history information.

The Band: We are delighted that The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band will be performing for us again this year.

A big THANK YOU to our 2013 Sponsors: Toad Hall and Badlands owner Les Natali, SF LGBT Pride Celebration Committee, The Apothecarium, The Steamworks, Powerhouse, Haus of StarFish, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, The Castro Lions Club, Hodgkins Jewelers, Starbucks for the coffee(and tea), and Barefoot and Bubbly for the champagne to be used in the christening of the 2013 Pink Triangle. For help inspiring volunteers The Bay Area Reporter, The San Francisco Bay Times, Betty's List(for email promotion).

SPECIAL THANKS to the San Francisco Police Department Park Station for providing traffic control but also, for the first time, assigning officers to keep an eye on the pink triangle tarp which has been vandalized in previous years. THANK YOU ALL!

2012 Commemoration Ceremony Program:

Honored Guests: Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader; San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee; Grand Marshal Dot Jones of TV's hit 'GLEE' will tell "The History of the Pink Triangle", former Mayor Willie L. Brown Jr. (Lifetime Achievement Grand Marshal) will co-emcee, CA State Senator Mark Leno, CA Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, President of the SF Board of Supervisors David Chiu, SF Treasurer Jose Cisneros, SF Supervisor Scott Wiener, SF Supervisor David Campos, SF Supervisor Christina Olague, SFo Assessor/Recorder Phil Ting, former Supervisor Bevan Dufty, Grand Marshal Carmen Carrera, along with many of the Community Grand marshalls of the SF Pride parade.

The Band: Many thanks to The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band for performing in 2012.

A big thank you to our 2012 Sponsors: the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee, Toad Hall and Badlands owner Les Natali, the Castro Lions Club, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Hodgkins Jewelers; for help inspiring volunteers The Bay Area Reporter, The San Francisco Bay Times, Betty's List(for email promotion), and the SF Police Department Park Station for providing traffic control.

2011 Commemoration Ceremony Program:

Honored Guests: SF Mayor Ed Lee, CA State Senator Mark Leno, CA Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, SF Treasurer Jose Cisneros, President of the SF Board of Supervisors David Chiu, SF Supervisor Scott Wiener, SF Supervisor David Campos, SF Assessor/Recorder Phil Ting, former SF Supervisor Bevan Dufty, along with the Grand marshalls of SF Pride .

Guest speakers:  The celebrity Grand marshalls of the Parade along with the elected officials listed above.

The Band: Many thanks to The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band for performing in 2011.

A big thank you to our 2011 Sponsors: the SF LGBT Pride Celebration Committee, Toad Hall owner Les Natali, the Castro Lions Club, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the Grand Ducal Council, Hodgkins Jewelers, Betty's List (for email promotion), and the SF Police Department Park Station for providing traffic control.

 

2010 Commemoration Ceremony Program:

Honored Guests: SF Mayor Gavin Newsom, CA State Senator Mark Leno, CA Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, SF Supervisor Bevan Dufty, SF Treasurer Jose Cisneros, SF Supervisor David Campos,  SF Assessor/Recorder Phil Ting, and the Grand marshalls of SF Pride .

Guest speaker Andy Bell, the lead singer of the pop group Erasure gave "The History of the Pink Triangle." He is one of the most acclaimed and beloved singers in British and US pop.  He has five  #1 hits and has had 17 Top-10 UK singles. 

Guest speaker: The Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney Australia Phillip Black added an international perspective to the discussion of the persecution of those within the LGBT community worldwide.  He also spoke of the great positive aspects our community enjoys within Sydney.

The Band: The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band performed.

 

2009 Commemoration Ceremony Program:

Honored Guests: Actress Cloris Leachman, CA State Senator Mark Leno, CA Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, SF Supervisor Bevan Dufty, SF Treasurer Jose Cisneros, President of the SF Board of Supervisors David Chiu, SF Supervisor David Campos,  Grand marshalls of SF Pride .

Guest speaker actress Cloris Leachman gave "The History of the Pink Triangle." She is an Emmy and Oscar-winning actress of stage, film, and television. She has won eight Primetime Emmy Awards--more than any other female performer, and won an Oscar for "The Last Picture Show."

Guest speaker Congressman Jared Polis of Colorado, was unable to attend at the last minute.

Guest speaker Lieutenant Dan Choi graduated from the U. S. Military Academy at West Point in 2003 with a degree in Arabic and Environmental Engineering. His fluency in Arabic and West Point degree became very useful to the Army's mission in Iraq as he did not need to use an interpreter. He declared his sexual orientation publicly on national television, on The Rachel Maddow Show, resulting in his recent notification of discharge despite his desire to continue serving. He fights for the repeal of the discriminatory Don't Ask Don't Tell policy and reminds all soldiers that they are not alone, and they should never be ashamed of being honest with themselves and others.

The Band: The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band performed.

 

2008 Commemoration Ceremony Program:

Honored Guests: SF Mayor Gavin Newsom, CA State Senator Carole Migden, CA Assemblyman Mark Leno, SF Supervisor Tom Ammiano, SF Supervisor Bevan Dufty, San Francisco Treasurer Jose Cisneros, President of the SF Board of Supervisors David Chui, SF Supervisor David Campos, SF Assessor/Recorder Phil Ting, Grand marshalls of SF Pride .

Guest speaker: Roger Rees: actor of CHEERS, Nicholas Nickleby, and many other productions told " The History of the Pink Triangle "

Guest speaker: Ashram Parsi who has been called the " first Iranian gay activist "

Guest speaker: The Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany Rolf Schutte

Guest speakers - Celebrity Grand marshalls:

*         Stuart Milk:  Nephew of Harvey Milk, and much like his uncle, Stuart proudly presents a message of providing hope to young people and the disenfranchised.      

*         Dustin Lance Black:  Academy-Award winning author of the screenplay for the film " Milk "

*         Cleve Jones: the Creator of the amazing NAMES PROJECT Quilt among other great contributions to our community.

The Band: The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band performed

 

 

 

Latest 2013 videos: Watch special guest speaker Michael Tilson Thomas, SF Symphony Director, give the "History of the Pink Triangle".
KTVU News: Large turnout and time lapse video of pink triangle install.

2012 video and news: Video produced by SF Mayor's office of Pink Triangle Ceremony with Dem Leader Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, SF Mayor Ed Lee, other VIP's. Read SF Bay Times 06/14/2012 article: 'Pride Is Here!'

Welcome to the home page of the Pink Triangle of San Francisco, the annual commemoration of the gay victims who were persecuted and killed in concentration camps in Nazi Germany starting in 1933 through the end of WWII. The pink triangle symbol has since evolved into an important reminder for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community of the continuing homophobia and inhumanity against them and other repressed minorities around the world. We transform the side of the Twin Peaks north hill facing the Castro district and downtown San Francisco, into a memorial by installing a giant pink triangle made up of dozens of pieces of pink canvas that can be seen from miles away during SF Pride weekend each year.

Pink Triangle mayoral proclamation

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi with (left to right), SF Supervisor Scott Weiner, Pink Triangle Event Organizer Patrick Carney, State Senator Mark Leno and Assemblyman Tom Ammiano at last year's Pink Triangle commemoration ceremony.

SF Mayor Edwin Lee Speaking

Mayor Edwin Lee speaking last year along with Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

SF Mayor Edwin Lee Speaking

Patrick Carney, with former Mayor Gavin Newsom and former Supervisor Tom Ammiano, displays the Pink Triangle Weekend mayoral proclamation (2008)to the assemblage.

Twin Peaks Pink Triangle 2011 light show

Twin Peaks Pink Triangle 2011 light show, evening of June 25th.

Pink Triangle 2009 Group Photo

Group photo taken at the end of the 2009 Pink Triangle Commemoration Ceremony.

Cloris Leachman with Patrick Carney and friends at Pink Triangle 2009

Academy Award winning actress Cloris Leachman with Patrick Carney, Edith Carney, Colleen Hodgkins, Shelley McClean and Lynn Condit at the 2009 Pink Triangle.

Watch a 5 minute video about an early morning installation of the pink triangle on Twin Peaks as filmed and produced by Sean Chapin Productions, set to music, the song 'Meet Me On The Mountain', sung by Ryan Harrison and written by Shawn Kirchner.

Pink Triangle 2008 animated

2008 Pink Triangle Installation photos. Notice the foggy early morning weather that year!

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