When the concentration camps were built, homosexuals were imprisoned along with Jews.
The pink triangle, sewn onto prison uniforms, became the symbol of their persecution.
Historian Richard Plant gives a rough estimate of the number of men the Nazi régime convicted for homosexuality as between 50,000 and 63,000.
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Although that day was usually commemorated as Valentine's Day, the delegates wanted to take this opportunity to challenge what Christopher Isherwood has called the "heterosexual dictatorship" by affirming for ourselves and for the world, the existence, the strength, and the beauty of gay love.
There's a more substantial history of the declaration here.
They may have gained tons of airplay back in the day, but with discussion-sparking platforms such as Twitter and Facebook today, their lyrics would not fly in 2015.
With a stylish restaurant, the 4-star Grey Street Hotel offers boutique rooms with luxury linens and individual feature walls.
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In 1979, the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Rights Coalition declared an Annual Gay Holiday to be held every year on February 14th.
A history of the persecution of gay men by the Nazi regime during the Holocaust.