The Pink Triangle: From Nazi Label to Symbol of Gay Pride

Before the pink triangle became a worldwide symbol of gay power and pride, it was intended as a badge of shame. In Nazi Germany, a downward-pointing pink triangle was sewn onto the shirts of gay men in concentration camps—to identify and further dehumanize them. It wasn’t until the 1970s that activists would reclaim the symbol as one of liberation. Homosexuality was technically made illegal in Germany in 1871, but it was rarely enforced until […]


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