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  • FBI warning about Pride celebrations.
  • They say terrorists may target them.
  • What are the threats?

Foreign terrorist organizations or their supporters might target LGBTQ-related events and venues as part of June’s Pride Month, federal agencies warned in a recent public announcement.

The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security issued the announcement on May 10 to raise awareness of potential threats.

“Foreign terrorist organizations or supporters may seek to exploit increased gatherings associated with the upcoming June 2024 Pride Month,” the agencies wrote.

This announcement aims to ensure the safety of all participants and organizers during these important events.

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The significance of the FBI warning about Pride

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The announcement did not specify any locations or indicate that the agencies were tracking any specific threats.

However, it is important to remain vigilant, as foreign terrorist groups and their supporters have a history of promoting anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and targeting related events.

The warning comes as a reminder of the Pulse Nightclub attack in Orlando, Florida, which occurred eight years ago on June 12.

This tragic event, where 49 people were killed and 53 were wounded, highlighted the vulnerability of LGBTQ venues to such attacks.

Recent incidents and ongoing threats

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The announcement also referenced a recent incident from June of last year, where three alleged sympathizers of the Islamic State group were arrested in Vienna for attempting to attack a Pride event.

This incident underscores the ongoing threat posed by extremist groups, according to The Associated Press.

The FBI and DHS noted that foreign terrorist organizations and their supporters have previously targeted LGBTQ events and venues.

These groups continue to spread anti-LGBTQ rhetoric, which can inspire violence against these communities.

Recognizing potential threats

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The release also emphasized the importance of being aware of potential signs that might indicate a threat.

These signs include violent threats made online, in person, or by mail, as well as individuals taking an unusual interest in security measures or attempting to bypass security.

Additionally, potential attackers might try to gain information about upcoming events or crowd sizes by chatting with staff or impersonating law enforcement personnel.

Staying alert to these signs can help prevent potential attacks and ensure the safety of all attendees.

Importance of Pride Month

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Pride Month, held in June, is a significant time for the LGBTQ+ rights movement.

It began on June 28, 1970, with New York City’s first Pride march and has since evolved into a nationwide celebration.

Cities and towns across America hold marches and events to call attention to issues such as same-sex marriage and to celebrate LGBTQ+ culture.

Ensuring the safety of these events is crucial to maintaining the progress and visibility achieved by the LGBTQ+ community.

FBI Warning about Pride events: Staying vigilant and informed

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Federal authorities are urging the public to stay vigilant and report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement.

The FBI and DHS continue to monitor potential threats to public safety and share information with law enforcement partners.

They recommend visiting the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative website for more information and resources on how to identify and respond to threats.

By working together, communities can help ensure a safe and enjoyable Pride Month for everyone.

How to report suspicious activity

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If you see or hear something that seems potentially threatening, it is important to report it immediately.

You can contact your local FBI field office or call 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324).

Additionally, the DHS offers resources and training for community partners on how to identify and respond to threats.

Prompt reporting of suspicious activity can help prevent potential attacks and keep communities safe.

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