Ron Podoske stood atop the Twin Peaks lookout with a hammer in his hand overlooking the newly installed Pink Triangle.
Podoske arrived at 8 a.m. Saturday to find much of the 200-foot triangle already set up, but that didn’t stop the Duboce Triangle resident from climbing down the hillside to put in a few more stakes.
“I wasn’t leaving here without hitting one,” he joked.
The Pink Triangle, roughly 200 feet in length on each side and taking up about 1 acre, will grace the Twin Peak hillside for the weekend, as part of San Francisco Pride. The triangle can be seen for 20 miles, according to the Friends of the Pink Triangle. It will be seen with clear view when walking down Market Street during Sunday’s parade.
The Pink Triangle was worn by gays killed in concentration camps. This Pink Triangle is to commemorate those who died in the camps.
Patrick Carney, organizer of the Pink Triangle, has been putting the pink tarps on Twin Peaks for 15 years.
Though last year’s triangle was torched by an arsonist the first night it was installed, that did not stop Carney or 150 volunteers from waking up early Saturday to create an even bigger triangle.
“Just think about what happens in less tolerant places,” Carney said. “But we’re still here and we want to remember the hate so it doesn’t happen in the future.”
Being able to remember the Holocaust victims was one reason Larry Nelson helped install the triangle Saturday.
“This is where we began surviving,” Nelson said.
Following the installation a commencement ceremony was held that included a band, supervisors Eric Mar and David Chiu. Mayor Gavin Newsom made an appearance during the setup to convey his appreciation for the work being done.
“This is not our past but our present,” Newsom said. “This is a great opportunity to see how far we’ve come.”
IF YOU GO
40th annual San Francisco Pride Parade
When: 10:30 a.m. today
Start: Beale and Market Street
End: Civic Center Plaza
Theme: Forth and Fabulous
Source: San Francisco Pride