Two rainbow flags were burned outside a Harlem gay bar Alibi Lounge on the eve of Pride Month (May 31), in the early morning hours. Dubbed the “only Black gay lounge in Harlem,” the owners wrote on Instagram: “Few minutes ago, someone set our rainbow flags on fire! To the homophobic coward, we will make our mission to find you!”




New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, was also upset. In a statement tweeted on June 1, Cuomo said he was “disgusted” by this “despicable and cowardly act” and is directing the state’s Hate Crimes Task Force to provide the NYPD with resources to investigate the incident.

“Rather than divide New York, this despicable act will only strengthen our commitment to tolerance, equality and justice for every individual,” reads Cuomo’s statement.