Pink Triangle Self Portraits

Credits: mephisto19

The pink triangle was symbol for homosexual men in Nazi-Germany and became later a symbol for resistance and proudness of being gay. 10.000 to 15.000 homosexual men died in concentration camps. Untill 1994 §175 existed in Germany that forbid sexual interaction between men.

But what does it mean to be homosexual nowadays? In Germany discussions are ongoing whether homosexual couples are together allowed to adopt children, also the question of tax advantages is topic. But there are still countries, where it is forbidden to be homosexual, where you get murdered for loving the same sex.

In this series I drew a pink triangle on my chest, like it was tattoed onto me, because my sexuality is part of me and I took self portraits. It is a very direct way, a shout out into the world. „GAY!“

I also question the role of the church during WW II as I took the apple, the sin. It is a conflict being religious and gay.

Self portraits are very often a way of communicating with my photographs, so there are more series and single photos of me dressing up, me showing love, fear and hate.

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written by mephisto19 on 2013-04-04


  1. atria007
    atria007 ·

    stephan u know that i love this series..well with this explanation like more...wellllll done!!!

  2. sushi_9009
    sushi_9009 ·

    makes me sad to see all this homophobian peoples in the world and it makes me angry to see when they started to do violence against gays and lesbians ... if we will see one time a world there u can LOVE anybody u want?? hopefully yes ♥

  3. crevans27
    crevans27 ·

    Great series.

  4. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    Wow, thanks for the historical information. I did not know about the Pink Triangle symbolism or about gay men being persecuted in the concentration camps. I love that you are so proud of who you are - and you should be!!! Lots of love to you <3

  5. ihave2pillows
    ihave2pillows ·

    Nobody is equal until everyone is equal. Let this world be full of love rather than full of hate!