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Pink Triangle Day 2019

Today, we embrace love’s diversity in celebrating LGBTQI2S+ people, families, and communities. We recognize their resilience in the face of murderous acts of violence perpetrated by Bruce McArthur. We reaffirm our solidarity in their struggle against the oppression of the Ford PC government and wider societal homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia.

In Nazi Germany, thousands of LGBTQI2S+ people were sent to concentration camps where they were identified by a pink triangle. To commemorate those victims and as a reminder that they are still targets for oppression, members of the LGBTQI2S+ community reclaimed the Pink Triangle as a symbol of pride.

In Canada, the Pink Triangle is also used to symbolize a major victory in the fight for LGBTQI2S+ rights. In the 1970s, three gay activists were charged with indecency for an article that appeared in the Toronto-based magazine The Body Politic. On February 14, 1979, The Body Politic’s publishers were acquitted of all charges. Pink Triangle Day was proclaimed by the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Rights Coalition to mark that victory.

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