Homomonument

 
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Monumental gay gesture
A subtly low-level but powerful and influential momument designed by Karin Daan and opened on 5 September 1987, eight years after it was started. The first of its kind, the Homomonument is made up of three detached pinky granite triangles — denoting past suffering and persecution, a celebration of gays today and vigilance for the future — which form one large triangle, recalling a time before the rainbow flag took over from the pink triangle as a symbol of homosexuality. The momument overlooks the Keizersgracht, just around the corner from the Anne Frank House.

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      sbw1174 Over a year ago
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      a great place to think
      Made of pink granite, very close to Anne Frank house, most days you'll find flowers left by someone , many times couples hold hands, worth a visit

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      YourPalPete Over a year ago
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      No Gay Person Can Miss This
      This simple symbolic monument comprises three trangles of pink granite that in turn form a larger triangle that steps down into Keizersgracht (the Keizers canal), near Westerkerk. Most of us know the symbolism of the pink triangle: gay men who were exiled to concentration camps during World War II were issued branding marks in the form of pink triangles that identified them as gay. The full symbolism of the design of the Homomonument can be found on the website. The monument commemorates all gay men and women who have been or are still being persecuted. I found it very moving to take a few minutes and reflect here on those gay people who preceded me and made sacrifices so that I have a happier life today. This is a must-see for all gay visitors to Amsterdam.

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