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U.S. issues worldwide alert amid threat of violence against LGBTQ2S+ community

Pride flags decorate the fence at the Stonewall National Monument with U.S. Park police present on June 13, 2023 in New York. (Bebeto Matthews / AP Photo) Pride flags decorate the fence at the Stonewall National Monument with U.S. Park police present on June 13, 2023 in New York. (Bebeto Matthews / AP Photo)
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The U.S. State Department on Friday issued a worldwide caution security alert, saying it is aware of increased potential for foreign terrorist organization-inspired violence against LGBTQ2S+ people and events.

"Due to the potential for terrorist attacks, demonstrations, or violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests, the Department of State advises U.S. citizens overseas to exercise increased caution," the department said in a statement.

The alert comes two weeks before the start of LGBTQ2S+ Pride Month in the United States.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement people in the LGBTQ2S+ community "continue to face insidious forms of stigma and discrimination."

(Reporting by Jasper Ward; Editing by Eric Beech)

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