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Homomonument, Amsterdam

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The Homomonument is a memorial in the centre of Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. It commemorates all gay men and lesbians who have been subjected to persecution because of their homosexuality. Opened on September 5, 1987, it takes the form of three large pink triangles made of granite, set into the ground so as to form a larger triangle, on the bank of the Keizersgracht canal, near the historic Westerkerk church. The Homomonument was designed to "inspire and support lesbians and gays in their struggle against denial, oppression and discrimination." It was the first monument in the world to commemorate gays and lesbians who were killed by the Nazis.Later, similar monuments were realised in a number of cities all around the world.HistoryIn 1980 artists were invited to submit designs and a jury was assembled consisting of experts in the fields of art and design. The jury chose a design by Karin Daan, based on the pink triangle. With the triangle on the water as its central point, Daan expanded the design to make her work as monumental as possible without disrupting the surroundings.The idea of a permanent memorial to gay and lesbian victims of persecution dated from 1970, when gay activists were arrested for attempting to place a lavender wreath at the National War Memorial (Netherlands) on Dam Square in the centre of Amsterdam. The wreath was removed by police and denounced as a disgrace.
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  • Almost couldn't find the place since it is barely marked by a card, there were a couple of rotten flowers like crap, I don't understand the meaning of this monument as there is a statue talking nothing ...
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  • My wife and I went to Amsterdam for a 5-day honeymoon. We were visiting the world's first monument/memorial which commemorates all homosexuals who were killed by the Nazis. Unfortunately, there was no...  more »
  • What a great little tribute hidden in plain sight. I had read about it ahead of time, and stopped the family, explaining the origin of the Pink Triangle and then pointing out the subtle pink stone for...  more »
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  • A special place on a beautiful spot in Amsterdam. A place to party on Kingsday and Pride, a place to commemorate on other days. A place that propagates tolerance and acceptance.
  • This is a unique monument in the world. It stands for freedom and being what you want to be. Treat this place with respect.
  • a great spot to celebrate gaypride and kingsday with dj's outdoors. BYO
  • Was a big party with friendly people everywhere Friday night. Support the LGBT community and think its a wonderful gesture from the city.
  • How many cities in the world have a homomonument ? Just go there.

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