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Biden's State Department has warned those who want to attend upcoming international Pride events to be very careful about terrorist activity.

“Due to the potential for terrorist attacks, demonstrations, or violent actions against US citizens and interests, the State Department advises US citizens abroad to exercise extra caution,” the warning said.

“The Department of State is aware of the increased potential for violence inspired by foreign terrorist organizations against LGBTQI+ individuals and events and advises US citizens abroad to exercise increased caution,” the warning continued.

Pressed by The Hill, a department spokesman declined to specify whether any specific event or threat had inspired the warning.

“The U.S. State Department has no higher priority than the safety of American citizens abroad,” the spokesman said. “We take seriously our commitment to providing US citizens with clear, timely and reliable information about every country in the world so they can make informed travel decisions.”

The State notice follows a similar one joint warning from the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI issued earlier this month.

“FTO [foreign terrorist organization] Efforts to commit or inspire violence against holiday celebrations, including Pride celebrations or LGBTQIA+-related venues, are exacerbated by the current heightened threat environment in the United States and other Western countries,” it says the warning

“FTOs and their followers have previously promoted anti-LGBTQIA+ rhetoric and targeted LGBTQIA+-related events or venues for attacks,” it continues.

This warning, to its credit, cites specific examples.

It notes, for example, that in February 2023, an English-language news site run by ISIS “focused on anti-LGBTQIA+ rhetoric and spoke out against the growth and promotion of the LGBTQIA+ community.”

“The same issue called for followers to carry out attacks against unidentified soft targets, although the attacks and targets were not specific to LGBTQIA+ sites,” the warning notes.

The notice also points to what happened in June 2023, when “three suspected IS sympathizers were arrested for attempting to attack a Pride parade in Vienna, Austria, using knives and a vehicle as part of the “attack”.

The warning continues with a huge list of “Possible Indicators of Potential Threat Activity,” which includes the following:

  • “Violent threats made online, in person or by mail.”
  • “Unusual or prolonged testing or probing of security measures at events or locations.”
  • “Photography of security-related equipment, personnel or access points compatible with pre-operational surveillance without a reasonable alternative explanation.”
  • “Vigilance or unusual interest in buildings, meetings or events.
  • Attempts to access restricted areas, bypass security, or impersonate law enforcement officials.”
  • “Observation or questions about facility security measures, including barriers, restricted areas, cameras and intrusion detection systems without a reasonable alternative explanation.”
  • “Obtain information from facility staff about the nature of upcoming events, crowd size, busiest times of day, etc. without a reasonable alternative explanation.”
  • “Attempts to enter a restricted area, evade security or impersonate law enforcement officials.”

These notices come weeks after the start of Pride Month, which begins on June 1.

“According to a report by the Anti-Defamation League and Glaad, a group formerly known as the Gay and Lesbian Anti-Defamation Alliance, there were at least 145 incidents of anti-LGBTQ violence, harassment and vandalism during Pride Month in 2023,” according to the BBC.

In response to these warnings, many critics pointed to the radical left for embracing the Palestinians and Hamas, groups that effectively hate the LGBT movement, amid the war between Israel and Hamas.

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