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FBI Warns of Heightened Terrorist Threats During 2024 Pride Month


The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have issued a Public Service Announcement alerting the public to the potential targeting of LGBTQIA+ events and venues by foreign terrorist organizations (FTOs) and their supporters during the upcoming June 2024 Pride Month.

Heightened Threat Environment

The alert highlights the increased threat environment in the United States and other Western countries. FTOs and their supporters have a history of promoting anti-LGBTQIA+ rhetoric and targeting related events for attacks. Notable instances include:

  • February 2023: ISIS disseminated English-language messaging that included anti-LGBTQIA+ rhetoric and encouraged followers to attack soft targets, although no specific LGBTQIA+ venues were mentioned.
  • June 12, 2024: Marks the eighth anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, where an attacker killed 49 people and wounded 53. Pro-ISIS messaging praised this attack, and supporters celebrated it as a significant event.
  • June 2023: Three alleged ISIS sympathizers were arrested for planning to attack a Pride parade in Vienna, Austria, using knives and a vehicle.

Indicators of Potential Threat Activity

The FBI and DHS urge the public to be vigilant and report suspicious activities, which may include:

  • Violent threats made online, in person, or via mail.
  • Unusual or prolonged testing or probing of security measures at events or venues.
  • Photography of security equipment, personnel, or access points consistent with pre-operational surveillance.
  • Unusual surveillance or interest in buildings, gatherings, or events.
  • Attempts to gain access to restricted areas or bypass security.
  • Impersonation of law enforcement officials.
  • Inquiries about facility security measures or event details without a reasonable explanation.

For further information, resources, and training, community partners are encouraged to visit the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative website at NSI.