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SF’s Massive “Pink Triangle” Lights Up on June 1st

Volunteers installed 2,700 LED light sculpture on Twin Peaks this weekend in advance of month-long lighting for Pride month
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Volunteers installed the 26th annual Pink Triangle on Twin Peaks in San Francisco on Saturday afternoon in preparation for the start of Pride Month on Tuesday, June 1, 2021

The triangle, which organizers with Pink Triangle of Twin Peaks say covers about an acre on the hillside, will be illuminated nightly for a month starting Tuesday, using 2,700 pink LED nodes from Illuminate, the nonprofit organization behind the light display on the Bay Bridge.

Pink Triangle
June 1 – July 1, 2021
Atop Twin Peaks / Grand Lighting at 9pm on June 1, 2021

In 2021 the Pink Triangle will be illuminated atop Twin Peaks all of Pride Month, from dusk on June 1st to sunrise on July 1st.

Learn more at Illuminate

Lighting Ceremony

A lighting ceremony will be held at 8:00pm on June 1, 2021 (beginning of Pride Month) and takes place in the middle of Twin Peaks Blvd below the Pink Triangle and can be seen via zoom (See thepinktriangle.com for links). The lighting will be preceded by a Pink Torch Procession which will wind through San Francisco and culminate in the pushing of the illumination button by SF Mayor London Breed.

Donate to Help Fund the Cause

We invite you to participate in this historic effort. Your gift, no matter the size, brings us closer to that magical moment when we can all come together and observe the Grand Lighting of this beloved symbol when darkness falls on June 1. All donations are 100% tax-deductible. Donate via GoFundMe

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Saturday, May 29th 12 to 3pm: “Set-Up” of the pink “outline”. Social distancing rules apply, and face masks are required.
  • Tuesday, June 1st Lighting Ceremony at 8PM with SF Mayor London Breed and other widely-spaced dignitaries in masks. Help set up for the ceremony from 6pm to 7:30pm.
  • Thursday, July 1st 12pm: “Take-Down” of the pink “outline”. Social-distancing applies, and face masks are required. Even an hour of help is a big help.
  • May 30 to July 1st: “Site Prep and Site Monitors” are needed to help monitoring the site for a month and have shifts to choose from.

Two days of test lighting on Saturday and Sunday will lead up to the official illumination ceremony set for about 9 p.m. Tuesday, with San Francisco Mayor London Breed and other dignitaries, for the first day of Pride Month.

Before the lighting ceremony, a Pink Torch Procession will set out from Oakland City Hall, with Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and others crossing the Bay Bridge with a pink torch that will then be delivered to Mayor Breed at Twin Peaks by Dykes on Bikes for the official illumination.

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The installation of the triangle is a community-building event “which brings together LGBTQs with families from across the Bay Area who turn out to volunteer to install the giant display and learn about LGBTQs person-to-person,” organizers said in a news release. “Many families bring children to meet us as individuals and to learn the ‘History of the Pink Triangle’ during the ceremony.”

Organizers said the triangle itself is a reminder and a warning of what can happen when groups are singled out as they were in Nazi Germany, which used the symbol to brand homosexuals as undesirable, just as triangles of other colors were used to distinguish other segments of the population not deemed wanted.

“It is the same kind of senseless, irrational hatred that still haunts gays, Jews, Blacks, Asians, transgender persons and other minorities today,” organizers said.

Volunteers will return on July 1 to take down the triangle.

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