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.
In 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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  • This is the memorial monument in downtown Amsterdam. It is a man of male and female homosexuality who is persecuted. However, when I searched for it, I realized that it was easy for me to miss it. This is because there are no large signboards describing this place. It only uses three large pink triangles made from Huangan.
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  • Went to have a look as part of a walking tour but was completely underwhelmed by it. Could easily have not even noticed it.  more »
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  • An impressive, energetic and clever monument in the heart of the city.
  • I was expecting something more visually attractive, as this small monument is easy to pass by without giving it a moment of thought, one of the most important ends of any monument. The idea of having a monument to let people know how difficult it has been and it sometimes is to enjoy your human rights when your sexual preference or identity is other than the one you are suppossed to have is great, but I think it was poorly executed. Many cities around the world could follow Amsterdam's lead and create their own homomonuments to make locals and tourists aware of the rights earned by the LBGTI community, and the abuses they still have to face.
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