Lt. Dan Choi at the Pink Triangle: We Are Not Asking Anymore

Saturday in San Fransisco, Twin Peaks was transformed with the Pink Triangle in an annual remembrance for the gay victims of the Nazi Holocaust. While Jews were the Nazis’ major target, other groups felt their wrath as well. Paragraph 175 of the German Penal code outlawed homosexuality and explicitly permitted the removal of civil rights. From the Pink Triangle’s official website:

Triangles of various colors were used to identify each category of “undesirable”: yellow for Jews, brown of Gypsies, red for political prisoners, green for criminals, black for anti-socials, purple for Jehovah’s Witnesses, blue for immigrants, and pink for homosexuals.

The pink triangles were slightly larger than the other colored triangles so that guards could identify them from a distance. It is said that those who wore the pink triangles were singled out by the guards to receive the harshest treatment, and when the guards were finished with them, some of the other inmates would harm them as well.

At the end of the war, when the concentration camps were finally liberated, virtually all of the prisoners were released except those who wore the pink triangle. Many of those with a pink triangle on their pocket were put back in prison and their nightmare continued.

1Lt. Dan Choi was asked to speak at this year’s ceremony in honor of the 100,000 victims of the pink triangle and the approximately 11,000 who were killed by the Nazis.

Lt. Choi will stand before his discharge board this Tuesday and will probably be fired from the military. His only crime is that of the pink triangle.

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