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The Pink Triangle was first used during the Nazi Persecution of Gay men.

Added to Queer Symbols, on 22 June, 2017

Pink Triangle

The pink triangle was first used in Nazi Concentration Camps to designate homosexual men.

Known as Rosa Winkel in German, it was used to identify men who were sent to concentration camps because of their homosexuality: famously, same-sex attracted men were persecuted in Nazi Germany. On the uniforms of prisoners, various coloured triangles were used to identify their “crimes” (eg. Jewish people were identified with two superimposed yellow stars).

If somebody was deemed to be gay and Jewish, they were identified by a pink and yellow triangle superimposed.

The symbol was later reclaimed as a symbol of gay pride and the gay rights movement; it is, along with the rainbow flag, one of the most recognisable symbols of the Gay Pride movement.

The Pink Triangle has been used in many Gay memorials, as well as a symbol to designate a Gay safe-space (usually when placed inside a green circle outline).

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Pink Triangle