BUTTERFLY, CHAMPAGNE, PINK TRIANGLE

BY BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photojournalist
Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009

At the Saturday morning installation of the Pink Triangle on Twin Peaks there was a persistent Anise Swallowtail that kept flying around the ceremony. My sister would have told me that it was someone’s spirit that had come to see what was going on. I wondered if it might have been one of the wearers of the pink triangle we were there to commemorate. Then I thought it was more likely just looking for moisture that day was so hot.

<em>(Left to Right) Bruce Cohen, Phil Ting, SF Assessor/Recorder, Howard Rosenman, Molly McKay, Patrick Carney, Cloris Leachman (seated), Andrea Shorter, Tom Ammiano. Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009</em>

(Left to Right) Bruce Cohen, Phil Ting, SF Assessor/Recorder, Howard Rosenman, Molly McKay, Patrick Carney, Cloris Leachman (seated), Andrea Shorter, Tom Ammiano. Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009

As we were walking to our positions to take pictures of the champagne dousing of the Pink Triangle I said to Dan Nicoletta, “Would you think I was crazy if I told me that the butterfly that has been flying around today was someone’s spirit?”

<em>Dan Nicoletta brushes butterfly from his head. Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009</em>

Dan Nicoletta brushes butterfly from his head. Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009

He said, “No, I know it was the spirit of Harvey Milk. When Howard Rosenman asked, ‘Who is the Harvey Milk for these times?’ It landed on my head.”

<em>The champagne flying through the air cmpletes the installation of the Pink Triangle on Twin Peaks. Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009</em>

The champagne flying through the air cmpletes the installation of the Pink Triangle on Twin Peaks. Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009

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BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photojournalist
Bill Wilson is a veteran freelance photographer whose work is published by San Francisco and Bay Area media. Bill embraced photography at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR). Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past five years. Email Bill Wilson at wfwilson@sbcglobal.net.

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