Rainbow flags set on fire at gay bar in Harlem

Saturday marks the kick off to Pride Month and the 60th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, but police in New York City are now investigating a potential hate crime against the LGBTQ community.

Someone reportedly set fire to two rainbow flags flying outside of Alibi Lounge on Adam Clayton Powell near 139th Street around 1 a.m. Friday. This is the only gay bar in Harlem — and the only black-owned gay bar in the city.

Surveillance video shows the vandal kneeling down outside of the bar and then lighting fire to flags. Someone comes into frame, alerts the staff, and by the time they were able to respond, the fire was mostly put out by the rain.

No one was injured.

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