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Traditional Pink Triangle Rises Over San Francisco As Pride Weekend Begins

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Volunteers and dignitaries gathere at the Pink Triangle Installation Commemoration atop Twin Peaks in San Francisco.

Volunteers and dignitaries gathere at the Pink Triangle Installation Commemoration atop Twin Peaks in San Francisco.

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — It has become a Pride Weekend ritual… the installation of the Pink Triangle on Twin Peaks. The one-acre rose-colored symbol has been a part of the annual event for the last 19 years, and can be seen for miles and miles.

Saturday’s Pink Triangle Ceremony got underway amidst the foggy morning chill. Volunteers had been working since 7 a.m., installing over 175 bright pink canvasses and thousands of steel spikes. TV talk show host, and Grand Marshal for this year’s Pride Weekend, Ross Matthews spoke at the event. Mayor Ed Lee, Senator Mark Leno and Assemblyman Tom Ammiano were also in attendance.

In the 1930s and 40s, Nazis used the Pink Triangle to brand and shame homosexuals. Today, the emblem is embraced by the gay community as a symbol of pride, and a reminder of the hatred and intolerance of the past.

The Pink Triangle will remain atop Twin Peaks until Sunday.

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