Pride flags vandalized at Stonewall National Monument in NYC

Police officials said the perpetrator broke 160 flags surrounding the landmark. The individual climbed over a fence to access the monument, and no arrests in the vandalism has been made so far.

Published: June 14, 2024 3:51pm

Updated: June 14, 2024 3:51pm

The New York Police Department revealed Friday that more than 150 Rainbow flags were vandalized inside and outside of the Stonewall National Monument in New York's Greenwich Village.

The monument consists of Christopher Park and the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar where riots took place in June of 1969. The vandalism occurred in Christopher Park, ahead of National Flag Day, and marks the second year the monument was vandalized during Pride month. The park and bar became a monument in 2016. 

Police officials said the perpetrator broke 160 flags surrounding the landmark. The culprit climbed over a fence to access the monument. No arrests in the vandalism have been made so far, per NBC News.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams slammed the vandalism in a statement, claiming there was no place for hate in New York City. Adams hosted a reception in honor of Pride month on Thursday night, at the mayor's residence.

"Our administration wants every member of our LGBTQ+ community to know: we are here for you and our administration will always have your back," Adams said. "We will work in close coordination with the NYPD to identify and hold accountability whoever committed this heinous act.”

New York City councilman Erik Bottcher also blasted the vandalism in a comment to NBC, and shared photos of the incident in a post to X.

“Anyone who thinks this will intimidate or silence our community is badly mistaken,” Bottcher told the outlet. “Hateful acts like this merely strengthen our resolve.” 

 Other recent attacks on LGBT flags this year include someone firing a pellet gun at a pride flag in Oregon, the theft of more than 200 flags from a town center in Massachusetts, and 14 pride banners getting slashed in Washington state.

Misty Severi is an evening news reporter for Just the News. You can follow her on X for more coverage.

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