To mark this year’s International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, Vangardist Magazine has teamed up with Mauthausen Memorial and Serviceplan Group to pay attention to the little-known history of what went on in this Nazi concentration camp in Austria.
Mauthausen was specifically built to imprison and murder anyone the Nazis deemed undesirable, including homosexual men, who were tortured simply because of their sexuality. Now, 80 years since the construction of the camp, Vangardist Magazine is honoring these men by this tribute which also calls for an alliance against contemporary violations of the LGBT+ community around the world.
The magazine aims to reclaim the Pink Triangle – a symbol used to identify homosexuals in concentration camps – and has launched a petition, asking UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to add the rights of LGBT+ persons to Article 2 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Editor-in-Chief of Vangardist Julian Wiehl said: “We remember the homosexual victims of Mauthausen. As a sign of respect of their unnecessary death, we call for a broad alliance against homophobia today. Because homophobia belongs to the past but not to our future.”