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NYC Gay Bar Looking to Identify Spit and Run Culprit

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Thursday September 19, 2019

The oldest gay bar in Queens, New York is appealing to the public for help in identifying an unknown man involved in what you might call a spit and run.

The unidentified individual posted a video of himself spitting on the Pride flag hanging outside the Albatross Bar, reported neighborhood newspaper the Astoria Post.

The video was associated with a profile that used the fake name Kha Dafi. The young man in the video is wearing a baseball hat that is turned sideways, as well as a bandage across his nose. In the video, which the unidentified spitting bandit posted on Sept. 16, he can be heard snorting up a wad of mucous to eject at the flag.

The bar's owner reposted the video on his establishment's social media so that the perpetrator would not benefit from any extra views.

The Astoria Post described the culprit's own social media as featuring videos that accompany "self-created rap songs." The spitting video does not include any music, however.

Pride flags have been a favorite target of vandals and homophobes. Earlier this year New York City police apprehended a suspect in two Pride flag burning incidents that took place outside an establishment called the Alibi Lounge. In Baltimore, a firebug torched a Pride flag hanging outside a boutique shop - even as an LGBTQ talk show segment was being taped inside. And in one of the most bizarre Pride Flag burning incidents, an anti-gay Catholic priest in Chicago incinerated a flag acquired by his church during the tenure of a more LGBTQ-friendly man of the cloth - while reportedly performing an "exorcism rite" over the smoldering cloth.

The spit-snit might have been intended as a slight toward the LGBTQ community. If so, however, the saliva-flinging fugitive, much like Pride Flag vandals before him, might have said more about himself than he did non-heterosexual Americans.

As for the owner of the Albatross Bar, he described himself as being "very, very angry" over the incident, and has reportedly told the police about it. "You can't just lie down to these things, you need to stand up and say they're not right," he said.

Anyone who might know the true identity of the individual in the video is asked to contact the bar owner or the New York police.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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