Warnings of attacks by anti-LGBTQIA+ groups in June

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US officials warn that anti-LGBTQIA+ terror groups may attempt to attack LGBTQIA+ events around the world during Pride Month in June.

The State Department warned US citizens abroad to “exercise increased caution”.

“Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists, including Pride celebrations.”

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security issued a similar advisory a week before.

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

During Pride Month 2016, a man inspired by IS ideology shot dead 49 people and wounded 53 more at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Among others, mass shootings took place in Colorada and Oslo in 2022.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation reported at least 145 incidents of anti-LGBTQ violence, harassment and vandalism during Pride Month in 2023. That included the arrest of three IS sympathisers for attempting to attack a 2023 Pride parade in Vienna, Austria.

Anti-LGBTQIA+ groups in Australia

In Australia, Pride events and other gatherings by the LGBTQIA+ communities have increasingly come under attack from far-right anti-LGBTQIA+ groups.

Far-right Christian and Islamic groups alike have both shown a willingness to disrupt community events. The involvement of Neo-Nazi groups and their increased cooperation with TERF groups have increased concern among local LGBTQIA+ activist groups.

Sydney man jailed for masterminding terror plot on Mardi Gras.

Melbourne protest against Neo-Nazi recruitment drive.

Youth event at Pride Centre axed after neo-Nazi protest threats.

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Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at destinyr@qnews.com.au.

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