The Pink Triangle, once a symbol of one of the darkest chapters in human history and now embraced as a beloved beacon of hope and inclusion, has long been at the center of the city’s annual SF Pride celebration.

Patrick Carney’s iconic public art installation atop Twin Peaks started in 1996. This year, the Pink Triangle will be in its 28th year.

The past 3 years, social distancing restrictions had made it impossible to construct the massive canvas triangle so Bay Lights/ Illuminate the Pink Triangle came up with a monumental installation featuring 2,700 LED nodes of pink light .

This year the mesmerizing triangle – covering almost an acre –  is back to its original canvas form and still serves as an enduring symbol of San Francisco’s resilience. It will be installed by hundreds of volunteers and there are a few spots left to help, you can sign up here

The inauguration is scheduled for Saturday, June 17 at 11 am in the presence of Mayor London Breed and a panel of speakers and activists

Except from the last 3 years,   hundreds of volunteers have gathered near the top of Twin Peaks to install The Pink Triangle. Led by founder and longtime LGBTQ+ activist Patrick Carney, this gigantic hillside installation can be seen from across the San Francisco Bay every Pride Weekend.

Patrick Carney, the creator of the Pink Triangle, says. “It is a highly visible, yet silent reminder of inhumanity. It recalls one of the darkest chapters of pink trianglehuman history, yet it has been reclaimed, to become a powerful symbol of hope, inclusion, love and resiliency.”

Like Pride, the Pink Triangle encourages us to choose compassion over fear.”


  • First year of the Pink Triangle: 1996
  • Size: almost 200 feet in diameter, covering approximately one acre
  • 2023 Inauguration Saturday, June 17, 11am at San Francisco’s Twin Peaks
  • Social media hashtag: #ThePinkTriangle


  • Established: 1970 as “Gay Freedom Day”
  • Executive Director: Suzanne Ford
  • #Pride Celebration information here
The giant Pink Triangle is uniquely San Francisco and has become an important reminder during Pride Weekend supported by volunteers and  on a shoestring budget so any donation no matter how small is much appreciated, if you want to support the project you can donate here

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