State Department Warns of Safety Concerns for Pride Month Travel

The federal government is urging caution and alertness in popular tourist spots worldwide, specifically warning LGBTQI+ travelers of potential threats of violence. The U.S. State Department issued a security alert on Friday, highlighting the possibility of terrorist attacks, demonstrations, or violent actions targeting American citizens. The department specifically mentioned Pride celebrations and venues frequented by LGBTQI+ individuals as potential risks.

This warning comes just before the start of the summer travel season and the onset of widespread Pride Month celebrations in June. The alert also follows a joint public service announcement from the FBI and DHS regarding the potential targeting of Pride events and venues by foreign terrorist organizations.

While the State Department expressed serious concerns in the alert, it did not specify any particular threats or circumstances that triggered the advisory. However, the department acknowledged the long-standing messaging by foreign terrorist organizations encouraging attacks against LGBTQI+ persons, particularly during Pride celebrations.

Travelers are advised to stay informed and exercise caution while traveling, especially to popular tourist destinations and Pride celebrations. Enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is recommended, as it allows travelers to receive information and alerts from the nearest consulate in case of emergencies.

Traveling in groups is also advised for safety, as is researching the specific safety concerns in the destination country, as highlighted in the State Department’s travel advisories. It is essential to plan ahead, have backup plans for transportation, and ensure you are staying in a highly vetted and safe hotel.

Lastly, sharing your itinerary with a trusted friend or family member, including hotel addresses and flight details, is recommended to stay safe during your travels. As travelers prepare for their summer adventures, it is crucial to prioritize safety and be vigilant in light of potential security threats.

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