Legacy Walk, Chicago
The Legacy Walk is a half-mile-long walk down North Halsted Street in Chicago. Both sides of the street hold a total of 20 bronze-coloured columns, each with the life and work of two significant individuals in the LGBTQ+ community. These plaques are regularly replaced with new ones, while the old ones join the Legacy Project’s archives for a future museum or a travelling wall. In 2019, the walk was formally designated a landmark district in Chicago. The walk has people like Oscar Wilde, Billy Strayhorn, and Margaret Chung, among others.
Alan Turing Memorial, Manchester
From mathematics to computer science, Alan Turing’s genius spanned across academia, and even into modern-day inventions. When in Manchester’s Sackville Park, you can actually hang out with a life-sized, bronze statue of him. The park is close to Manchester’s LGBTQ+ district, and Turin had committed suicide after being legally outed. In 2013, Queen Elizabeth II pardoned Turin, and the statue made it to Manchester’s LGBTQ Heritage Trail, which marks 18 historic sites in the city denoted by rainbow mosaics in the pavement.
Pink Triangle, Spain
Located in the small coastal town of Sitges, the Pink Triangle was the first LGBTQ+ monument in Spain. Unveiled in 2006, it has “Sitges against homophobia—Never again” inscribed on it. The inscription refers back to 1996, when police cracked down on the beaches of the town at night, targeting gay men. Public outcry, riots, and a decade later, the Pink Triangle stands proud of Sitges’ history and fight.
Often thought to be the first public monument in honour of the LGBTQ+ community, the Homomonument in Amsterdam was established in 1987. The three granite tringles pay homage to the LGBTQ+ lives lost during World War II in the hands of the Nazis, but also all the people of the community who are persecuted by their respective governments. The three triangles, each 10 feet long, are set along the Keizersgracht Canal, and point at the National War Memorial, COC Netherlands LGBTQ advocacy group, and the Anne Frank House, respectively.
Memorial to Homosexuals Persecuted Under Nazism, Berlin
This monument consists of a large concrete cube with a window cut out from the centre. And in it, a short film of two men kissing. Unveiled in 2008, this memorial documents in detail the accounts of persecution of the LGBTQ+ community under Nazism, and also talks about the laws surrounding homosexuality during the time.