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Rainbow Pride Flags Burned at New York Gay Bar

by Sam Cronin

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday June 3, 2019

Two Pride flags were set on fire outside a Harlem bar Friday. Police were called to the Alibi Lounge at 12 am to investigate, but by the time they arrived, the rain had put out the fire. No one was hurt, and the State Police Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the incident to confirm if it was arson and to find the person or persons responsible.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo condemned the incident and its symbolism on social media Saturday, saying:

The Alibi Lounge posted a photo of the burned flags after the fact, accompanied by an undaunted Pride Month caption:

Club patrons echoed the supportive sentiment, and one patron, Upper East Side resident Vincent DePaula, told the New York Post: "Why do people have to do these things? Can't we just get along with each other instead of burning each other's flags?"

Harlem resident Sheba Simpson-Amsterdam shared DePaula's disbelief, telling CBS New York: "Seeing this, what goes through your mind? Hate but I also know that love overcomes hate so that's why we came out today in solidarity. We want people to know that this cannot continue to happen in our community at all."

New York Pride will span the month of June, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit

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