U.S. Issues Global Alert on Rising Violence Risk for LGBTQ+ Community

Reported by Pushpa


The U.S. State Department has issued a global security alert, warning travelers about a heightened risk of violence targeting LGBTQ+ individuals and events. This alert comes just two weeks before the start of Pride Month celebrations around the world.


The State Department’s statement highlights concerns over potential terrorist attacks and violent actions against U.S. citizens, particularly in areas popular with tourists and LGBTQ+ communities. Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized the ongoing struggle against stigma, discrimination, and violence faced by LGBTQ+ people.


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau echoed these sentiments, acknowledging that while progress has been made, there is still much work to do to ensure safety and inclusivity for everyone in Canada.


Unlike the U.S., Canada has not issued a similar global travel warning. However, Canada’s travel advisory website notes potential risks for LGBTQ+ travelers, especially in countries with anti-LGBTQ+ laws. Last year, Canada updated its travel advisory for the U.S., urging caution due to increasing anti-LGBTQ+ legislation and protests.


The rise in anti-LGBTQ+ violence and rhetoric has led to a national “state of emergency” declared by the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBTQ+ advocacy group in the U.S.


As Pride Month approaches, the call for vigilance and support for the LGBTQ+ community is louder than ever.

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