Sweat & Courage

Given the unadulterated glee provoked by the appearance of the acre-large Twin Peaks Pink Triangle, it might be easy to forget the terrible origins of the symbol itself. The downward-pointing pink triangle was the badge used to identify homosexual people in Nazi concentration camps. To honor LGBT victims of hate crimes, a small group climbed Twin Peaks under cover of darkness to set the first triangle in 1995. The triangle serves as a reminder of the prejudice and brutality still facing the LGBT community, and is a tremendous public celebration of solidarity. Volunteers brave the elements to install over 175 large pieces of canvas, and the accompanying ceremony is always inspiring (past speakers have included Ted Phillips, deputy director of the U.S. Holocaust Museum; LGBT activist Jose Sarria, who also went by the name Widow Norton; and Sylvia Guerrero, mother of transgender teen Gwen Araujo, who was murdered when acquaintances discovered she was biologically male). Bring a hammer, gloves, long pants, and sunscreen. Snacks are provided.

Sat., June 28, 7 a.m., 2014

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