Find the pink triangle LGBT in two cities
By Izhar Alonso |
This guide will tell you all about the evolution of the LGBT pink triangle, what it means for this community, and the monuments around the world where you can find it.
In the last decades, the LGBT community has faced constant struggles. As a result, symbols have emerged and have been used as an insignia. It’s true that the most famous symbol is the rainbow flag. However, today, DINKtravelers, your world travel guide, invites you to discover one of the lesser known symbols: the LGBT pink triangle.
The Men with the Pink Triangle
The pink triangle, used in an inverted position, was taken up by LGBT groups around the world as part of their historical memory. This happened after the Nazis used it to identify homosexual men in concentration camps and to distinguish them from other prisoners.
The symbol was vindicated in the 70’s, when The Men with the Pink Triangle was published. This book contains the memoirs of Heinz Heger, a homosexual survivor of the concentration camps.
Also, this symbol that’s so full of history, has been used as an inspiration to build several LGBT monuments. We tell you about them below:
The Pink Triangle LGBT at the Parc de la Ciutadella, Barcelona
In Parc de la Ciutadella, in Spain, you will find the first monument dedicated to the LGBT community in Barcelona. It’s a triangular sculpture with a ten-meter perimeter, outlined in pink .
The monument was inaugurated in March 2011 by the Mayor of Barcelona of the time, Jordi Hereu. It was revealed with a phrase in Catalan engraved on it. The phrase is: “In memory of gays, lesbians and transsexuals who have suffered persecution and repression throughout history. Barcelona, 2011”. The material used for its creation was stone from Montjuic. This mount’s name in Catalan means “Mount of Jews”. Its name comes from its use as a cemetery for Jewish people, who have also suffered persecution throughout history.
Before the LGBT monument’s inauguration, some people thought it was going to be built outside la Sagrada Familia. This caused great controversy. However, Parc de la Ciutadella was chosen because of what happened there. On October 1991, the transsexual Sonia Rescalvo was beaten to death by a group of skinheads.
How to Get to the Pink Triangle LGBT in Barcelona?
You can get to this monument from the park’s entrance located in the intersection of Passeig de Picasso and Carrer Destillers. Just head toward the equestrian statue of General Prim. The nearest subway station is Arc do Triomf, red line 1. The park opens daily from 10:00 to 22:30 h. Once there, take some time to find other attractions we have shared with you in other articles, such as the Cascade Fountain at Park de la Ciutadella.
Visit the Homomonument in Amsterdam
The Homomonument is probably one of the first LGBT monuments in the world. It was inaugurated on September 5, 1987 after a series of events took place. It all began in 1970, when an LGBT group wanted to place a laurel crown on the National Monument of Dam Square in downtown Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. This action was taken as an act of vandalism, so the police began a persecution.
Homosexual citizens felt that they needed to have a place dedicated to them. However, they didn’t wait for the government to pay for its construction. Instead, they made a contest to choose a viable project for their monument. The winner was Karin Daan.
The Pink Triangle LGBT of the Homomonument
Daan’s project consists of a large triangle with three smaller pink triangles on each of its vertexes. The three are made of pink granite, but have different characteristics. One of them is only pink. Another one has the engraving of a verse by the homosexual and Jewish poet Jacob Israël de Haan. It reads: “Such an infinite desire for friendship”. Finally, the third pink triangle LGBT points to the Keizersgracht canal of Westerkerk and functions as a dock.
Also, each pink triangle point at different symbolic places: one points at the National Monument, where the persecution began. The second one points at Anne Frank’s house. As you know, she wrote a diary describing the horrors she lived during the Jewish persecution by the Nazi. The third triangle points at the COC, an organization that has fought for LGBT rights since 1946.
It took 8 years to raise enough money to build the monument. It was finally possible thanks to the donations from kind people who helped raise 180,000 euros.
How to Get to the Homomonument?
To get to the Homomonument, go by tram to Westermarkt station. Then, walk north on Keizersgracht street. There you will also find the Pink Point, the official LGBT kiosk where you can find information related to the community as well as LGBT-themed souvenirs.
Now that you know more about the meaning of the pink triangle LGBT, visit these monuments, symbols of the LGBT community. Both Barcelona and Amsterdam are cities with an environment of freedom, tolerance and respect that will make you feel very comfortable. Enjoy learning more about the LGBT community and don’t forget to tell us your experience in these gay-friendly cities.