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    The 24th Pink Triangle

    Patrick Carney and a hardworking team of volunteers—including his husband Hossein and sister Colleen Hodgkins—installed the 24th Pink Triangle atop Twin Peaks on Saturday, June 27. Thanks to all who answered the San Francisco Bay Times’ and Carney’s calls for volunteers. The volunteers arrived at 7 am sharp on that morning, many with hammers and gloves in tow. Wearing Pink Triangle t-shirts provided by Carney, they installed the bright symbol, which could later be seen from parts of the East Bay, on the drive over the Bay Bridge, and from much of San Francisco.

    A Commemoration Ceremony followed the installation. It included a performance by the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, the official band of San Francisco! Honored guests included Mayor London Breed; German Consul General Hans-Ulrich Suedbeck; French Consul General Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens; California State Senator Scott Wiener; California Sate Assemblymember David Chiu; San Francisco Treasurer Jose Cisneros; San Francisco Supervisor Rafael Mandelman; San Francisco Community College Trustees Alex Randolph, Tom Temprano and Shanell Williams; along with several SF Pride Parade Community Grand Marshals and Honorees.

    San Francisco Mayoral Advisor Clair Farley, who is a transgender rights advocate, was among the speakers. Farley addressed how, despite LGBTQ gains since the years when the pink triangle was used as a badge in the Holocaust, much still needs to be done to achieve full equality and basic human rights for all.

    On the following day, June 28, members of the Pink Triangle team marched in the San Francisco Bay Times Pride Parade contingent. We look forward to next year, when the project will be celebrating its 25th anniversary!