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Pink Point in Amsterdam - The Red Light District Amsterdam Guide - discover the secrets!
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Pink Point in Amsterdam

Date: 7. jul 2018.
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In the vicinity of De Wallen Red Light District of Amsterdam you can find the Pink Point which is the official gay and lesbian information kiosk situated next to the Homomonument on the Westermarkt. It\\\\\\\'s staffed by volunteers who can provide all kinds of information about gay organizations and about gay life in general in the Dutch capital and they also sell some of the coolest gay souvenirs in the country.

The Netherlands was the first country to fully legalize same-sex marriage. In 2001, the world’s first same- sex ceremony was conducted by then Mayor of Amsterdam Job Cohen. There is a condition that one of the partners has to be a Dutch resident. This is also the first country in the world that had erected the monument to commemorate gays and lesbians who were killed by the Nazis in the World War II. At Pink Point you can get all the information about the nearby Monument to Homosexuals or Homomonument that was designed in 1987 by artist Karin Daan to inspire and support lesbians and gays in their struggle against discrimination. It is also a memorial to gay men and women who were oppressed and persecuted because of their lifestyles and beliefs. The pink triangle was the symbol homosexuals were forced to wear by the Nazis.

The monument was opened in 1987 and it takes the form of a three large pink triangles made of granite that are set into the ground to form a larger triangle together. It is located on the bank of the Keizersgracht canal near the historic Westerkerk Church.

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 center of Amsterdam. The wreath was removed by police and denounced as a disgrace.

The actual building of the monument had starts almost 10 years earlier in May 1979. The initiative came from the Dutch gay and lesbian rights movement, with the support of groups from other countries. After ten years of collecting the funds for the Homomonument they’ve managed to raise 180 000 EURO. Most of this came from donations from individuals and organizations. The Dutch Parliament donated €50,000, and the city of Amsterdam and the province of North Holland also made contributions.

Almost 15 years later a monument in memory of LGBT victims was raised in Barcelona, Spain and it was modeled after the homomonument.

The alignments of the three points of the larger triangle are symbolic. One points towards the National War Memorial on Dam Square. The other points towards the house of Anne Frank, a Jewish girl who was deported to her death by the Nazis. The third triangle points towards the headquarters of the Dutch gay rights group “COC Netherland” founded in 1946, making it the oldest continuously operating gay and lesbian organization in the world.

There is also a miniature version of the Homomonument at the city of Hague in the Madurodam Park that was unveiled in October 2006 by the Mayor of Amsterdam Job Cohen and COC chair Frank van Dalen.