At church services this morning, friends who help create the annual pink triangle display on Twin Peaks told me about the attempt to burn it. We were all upset at this act of vandalism, on Pride Sunday no less, and expressed hope that the small fire will serve as a teaching lesson.
As we can see from the two KPIX photos, there was visible damage to the enormous pink triangle. However, from a distance it looks repaired. We'll see more news reports about this vandalism, and reaction to it, on the news later today. Expect gays to use the crime as a reminder that tolerance and acceptance are things we still are striving for, even in San Francisco.
From KPIX and Bay City News:
Arson investigators were trying to determine what caused a fire that damaged the Pink Triangle on San Francisco's Twin Peaks Sunday morning just hours before the city's annual Pride Parade was set to kick off, a fire department lieutenant said.
"Right now investigators are looking at all possible sources of ignition," San Francisco Fire Department Lt. Mindy Talmadge said.
The blaze was reported at about 5 a.m. near Christmas Tree Point Road and was extinguished about 30 minutes later. A 25-by-30 foot area was damaged, she said.
The Pink Triangle, which will be taken down Sunday night, is a fabric installation constructed on Twin Peaks each June in recognition of Pride Week. More information about it can be found at:
"We are keeping our fingers crossed that things stay quiet," Talmadge said.