US State Department issues worldwide security alert due to potential for attacks on LGBTQ people and events

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The U.S. State Department issued a worldwide security alert on Friday due to the potential for terrorist attacks against LGBTQ people and events.Related video above: How did Pride Month start?“Due to the potential for terrorist attacks, demonstrations, or violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests, the Department of State advises U.S. citizens overseas to exercise increased caution. The Department of State is aware of the increased potential for foreign terrorist organization-inspired violence against LGBTQI+ persons and events and advises U.S. citizens overseas to exercise increased caution,” the alert read.The alert comes two weeks before Pride Month begins on June 1. The department warned U.S. citizens to stay alert in locations that tourists often visit “including Pride celebrations and venues frequented by LGBTQI+ persons.”Earlier this week, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security similarly issued a warning that foreign terrorist organizations and their supporters may target LGBTQ events and venues as Pride Month approaches.Last year, police in Austria successfully foiled a plot to attack Vienna’s annual Pride Parade, arresting three suspects – aged 14, 17 and 20 – linked to Islamic extremism. That same year, the Human Rights Campaign, for the first time in its 40-year history advocating for the LGBTQ community, declared a national state of emergency for LGBTQ Americans.And the year before, two dozen men believed to be linked to a white nationalist group were arrested, thwarting their plans to riot at an Idaho pride celebration.CNN’s Avery Lotz contributed to this report.

The U.S. State Department issued a worldwide security alert on Friday due to the potential for terrorist attacks against LGBTQ people and events.

Related video above: How did Pride Month start?

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“Due to the potential for terrorist attacks, demonstrations, or violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests, the Department of State advises U.S. citizens overseas to exercise increased caution. The Department of State is aware of the increased potential for foreign terrorist organization-inspired violence against LGBTQI+ persons and events and advises U.S. citizens overseas to exercise increased caution,” the alert read.

The alert comes two weeks before Pride Month begins on June 1. The department warned U.S. citizens to stay alert in locations that tourists often visit “including Pride celebrations and venues frequented by LGBTQI+ persons.”

Earlier this week, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security similarly issued a warning that foreign terrorist organizations and their supporters may target LGBTQ events and venues as Pride Month approaches.

Last year, police in Austria successfully foiled a plot to attack Vienna’s annual Pride Parade, arresting three suspects – aged 14, 17 and 20 – linked to Islamic extremism. That same year, the Human Rights Campaign, for the first time in its 40-year history advocating for the LGBTQ community, declared a national state of emergency for LGBTQ Americans.

And the year before, two dozen men believed to be linked to a white nationalist group were arrested, thwarting their plans to riot at an Idaho pride celebration.

CNN’s Avery Lotz contributed to this report.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.