US State Department Issues Security Alert for Americans Abroad: Heightened Risk for LGBTQ Events

Written by Henrik Rothen

May.18 - 2024 12:26 PM CET

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US State Department warns of heightened terror threats to LGBTQ events abroad.

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The State Department has renewed its global security alert for Americans traveling overseas, now highlighting an increased risk of violence targeting LGBTQ events.

This updated advisory, issued on Friday, urges U.S. citizens to exercise heightened caution due to potential attacks inspired by foreign terrorist organizations, specifically mentioning LGBTQ communities and events as targets.

Standard Warning with New Emphasis

While renewing the general travel advice for potential extremist attacks is routine, this latest alert marks a notable shift by explicitly addressing the dangers faced by LGBTQ individuals.

The previous alert in October did not include this specific warning.

The renewed advisory aligns with a recent joint alert from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, which also warned of threats to Pride Month events and venues.

The State Department has not disclosed specific details about the threats.

However, the context suggests a reaction to recent legislative actions in various countries that have intensified anti-LGBTQ sentiments. For instance, Iraq's parliament recently passed a law imposing severe prison sentences on gay and transgender individuals.

Similarly, Uganda's court upheld a law last month that allows the death penalty for "aggravated homosexuality" and sentences up to 14 years for "attempted aggravated homosexuality."

These laws have drawn significant condemnation from the international community, including strong rebukes from U.S. officials.

U.S. citizens abroad are advised to remain vigilant, especially in tourist areas and during Pride events. The State Department emphasizes the importance of staying informed through its updates on social media channels.

Pride Month, celebrated in June, aims to honor LGBTQ+ communities and stand against discrimination.

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