June 29, 2008
The annual christening of the pink triangle
Posted by: Andoni
This is something that is possible only in San Francisco.
Even though it was foggy yesterday, my partner and I drove to the top of Twin Peaks in San Francisco because the guide book claimed that this gave one of the best views of the city --- and we were hoping the fog would clear by the time we reached the top. Upon reaching the summit, we noticed 3 TV news vans and an overflowing parking lot. This was bit puzzling considering the bad weather. We soon discovered that there was a party at the top -- with a band, majorette, an Academy Awards like pink runway, hundreds of people and thousands of pink balloons.
The special occasion was the annual christening of a giant pink triangle displayed on the side of this the highest hill in the city. Every year for Pride an organization called the “Friends of the Pink Triangle” lays out a giant pink triangle (made of cloth) about the size of a football field overlooking the Castro, and it can be seen throughout the city.
It is quite an event. The mayor comes and christens the pink triangle with a bottle of champagne and then there is a party on top of Twin Peaks.
The “Friends of the Pink Triangle” explain in, you guessed it, pink handouts, that this is to remind people of the senseless and irrational hatred that existed against gay people in the past, but which unfortunately still exists in many quarters today.
We waited a while for Mayor Gavin Newsom to arrive so the ceremony could begin. Several limos drove up, but queens, not the mayor emerged. The mayor was behind schedule or maybe he has become used to "gay time." We didn't wait for him. The next place in our guide book was beckoning and we had a schedule to keep. We were on vacation.
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