This June marks the 50th anniversary of New York City’s Stonewall riots, the June 1969 uprising that galvanized the LGBTQ rights movement in the United States and beyond. In 2016, former U.S. President Barack Obama recognized the Stonewall Inn and Christopher Park as a National Historic Landmark—the first in the U.S. National Park System to commemorate the struggle for LGBTQ rights. Each year, Pride month honors those who stood at Stonewall, as well as countless others who have fought for equali... moreThis June marks the 50th anniversary of New York City’s Stonewall riots, the June 1969 uprising that galvanized the LGBTQ rights movement in the United States and beyond. In 2016, former U.S. President Barack Obama recognized the Stonewall Inn and Christopher Park as a National Historic Landmark—the first in the U.S. National Park System to commemorate the struggle for LGBTQ rights. Each year, Pride month honors those who stood at Stonewall, as well as countless others who have fought for equality throughout history.
The Memorial for LGBT Victims of the Nazi Persecution
Tel Aviv, Israel
In 2013, Tel Aviv unveiled a memorial honoring LGBTQ victims of the Holocaust—the first in the country to commemorate both Jewish and non-Jewish victims. Located outside the LGBTQ Community Center in Gan Meir (Meir Park), the memorial is composed of three pink benches that form a triangle. Once used to identify gay men in Nazi concentration camps, the pink triangle has been reclaimed as a symbol of LGBTQ pride, resilience, and resistance.
Alan Turing Memorial
In Manchester’s Sackville Gardens, a life-size, bronze statue of Alan Turing reclines on a park bench. A war hero, acclaimed mathematician, and pioneer in computing, Turing helped crack the Enigma code—an accomplishment that ultimately led to an Allied victory in World War II. Turing was arrested for “gross indecency” in 1952 and chemically castrated via forced hormone injections. He was one of tens of thousands of gay men victimized under British law. Turing died by poisoning two years later—a presumed suicide.
Memorial to Homosexuals Persecuted Under Nazism
Thousands of gay men were imprisoned in concentration camps in Nazi Germany, where many died of disease, starvation, torture, and targeted killings. In 2008, Berlin commissioned a monument to remember the victims and to establish a symbol against intolerance.
The Legacy Walk
Stretching half a mile across the North Halsted corridor, the Legacy Walk is an outdoor history museum showcasing significant moments in LGBTQ history. Thirty-seven bronze markers recognize a different person or event, and each features a QR code that visitors can scan for a more detailed biography or video.
Gay and Lesbian Holocaust Memorial
In Darlinghurst Green Park, a triangular prism is pierced by a grid of steel columns—collectively they form a fractured Star of David. Installed in 2001 near the Sydney Jewish Museum, the pink-enameled exterior of the Gay and Lesbian Holocaust Memorial is etched with images of victims from the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp in Germany. The inscription reads: “Nothing shall purge your death from our memories.”
Pink Triangle Monument
Sitges, a small coastal town southwest of Barcelona, is well known for its beautiful beaches, world-class restaurants, and notable museums. The town has long been home to a flourishing LGBTQ community, but in 1996, the policing of beaches at night, specifically targeting gay men, sparked public outcry and subsequent riots.
Standing near St. Peter’s Church in the center of a cross-shaped square, a bronze angel sculpture remembers the victims of the Third Reich. Built in 1994, the statue’s German inscription reads: “Homosexual men and women were persecuted and murdered during National Socialism.