WASHINGTON D.C. — (12-04-22) — Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued an advisory bulletin last Wednesday, adding the LGBTQ Community to its list of Terror Targets in the United States. The announcement comes after the mass shooting that took place at Club Q in Colorado Springs, a popular LGBTQ nightclub.

The advisory bulletin issued on Wednesday Nov. 30, says that “Lone bad actors and small groups motivated by violent ideological beliefs or grievances could target gatherings and specific groups as mass gatherings and religious services increase when the holiday season ramps up.”

However this time the DHS specifically cited the Colorado Springs mass shooting as potential inspiration for future attacks, noting that officials have “observed actors on forums known to post racially or ethnically motivated violent extremist content praising the alleged attacker.”

“In the coming months, threat actors could exploit several upcoming events to justify or commit acts of violence, including certifications related to the midterm elections, the holiday season and associated large gatherings, the marking of two years since the breach of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, and potential sociopolitical developments connected to ideological beliefs or personal hostility,” states the bulletin released on November 30.

“Targets of potential violence include public gatherings, faith-based institutions, the LGBTQI+ community, schools, racial and religious minorities, government facilities and personnel, U.S. critical infrastructure, the media, and perceived ideological opponents.”

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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