Threats against the LGBTQIA+ community intensifying: Department of Homeland Security

I wonder why with all the slurs and garbage spewed by the right wing religious haters and republicans in office.  Talk about stoking anger and making a minority group targets for the right wing gang thugs.   Hugs 

Anti-LGBTQIA+ legislation has been introduced in recent months.

ByJosh Margolin and Teddy Grant

May 15, 2023, 8:32 PM



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Threats of violence against the LGBTQIA+ community are on the rise and intensifying, according to a new briefing by the Department of Homeland Security.

The DHS document, distributed to government and law enforcement agencies on May 11, said that domestic violence extremists and people who commit hate crimes have increased threats of violence against the LGBTQIA+ community within the last year.

“These issues include actions linked to drag-themed events, gender-affirming care, and LGBTQIA+ curricula in schools,” DHS said.MORE: LGBTQ group targeted in alleged ‘slaughter’ threat in response to Nashville shooting

DHS said that the issues inspiring threats and calls of violence against the LGBTQIA+ community could lead to a rise of potential attacks against larger targets, such as public spaces and healthcare sites that may be linked to the community.

DHS analysts also cite social media chatter celebrating the recent mass shooting at a Nashville church school.

“High-profile attacks against schools and faith-based institutions like the recent shooting in Nashville have historically served as inspiration for individuals to conduct copycat attacks,” DHS said.

PHOTO: People march through the Texas State Capitol on April 20, 2023 in Austin, Texas.
People march through the Texas State Capitol on April 20, 2023 in Austin, Texas.Brandon Bell/Getty Images

In recent months, politicians in Tennessee, Florida and other Republican-run states have introduced legislation that critics say targets the LGBTQIA+ community.

PHOTO: People demonstrate at the Texas State Capitol on April 20, 2023 in Austin, Texas.
People demonstrate at the Texas State Capitol on April 20, 2023 in Austin, Texas.Brandon Bell/Getty Images

In March 2022, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the Parental Rights in Education bill, dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by detractors.

The bill banned classroom instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity in kindergarten through third grade. Last month, the Florida Board of Education expanded those restrictions to include all grades. In March, Tennessee became the first state to restrict public drag performances.MORE: Public drag performances restricted in Tennessee

HB 9 and SB 3, signed by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, make “a person who engages in an adult cabaret performance on public property” — or where it can be viewed by minors — a criminal offense.

Last month, a federal judge temporarily blocked the law, saying it was vaguely written and overly broad, according to AP.

At least 14 states have passed laws or policies that restrict gender-affirming care for people under the age of legal majority, which is the threshold for legal adulthood.

According to DHS, about 20% of all hate crimes reported throughout the country in 2021 were motivated by bias linked to sexual orientation and gender, citing the FBI’s hate crime statistics.

ABC News’ Kiara Alfonseca contributed to this report.

3 thoughts on “Threats against the LGBTQIA+ community intensifying: Department of Homeland Security

  1. Infuriating. For what it’s worth, these horrific recent events inspired me (a cisgender male boomer) to do more than talk by becoming a sustaining donor to the ACLU, FFRF, and the Trevor Project.

    I plan to march in Albuquerque Pride, too!

    Thanks & Peace.

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    1. Hello Frank. Wonderful, and grand. I have to see if there are any pride events in my area, as I live in Florida on the southern west coast. It has changed since I moved here. The LGBTQ+ is not as visible as it once was, understandably. Also thank you for the reminder to everyone that a great way to help others is by donating to these groups. My own membership includes these and Doctors without Borders. For those on limited incomes, very small amounts do help greatly and these groups appreciate anything you can share. Don’t feel embarrassed that you might be only able to give a small amount, that amount is more than they would have had to help others without your donation. Hugs

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  2. Great to meet you, Scottie. Sorry that the LGBTQ+ community is still forced to live in fear where you live. Alas, most of my immediate family are Republicans who live in Naples and Venice. How can I possibly find any respect for them? Ah, yes, MSF are on my sustaining donor list, too. Thanks and Peace, man.

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