WASHINGTON, D.C. — (05-16-23) — LGBTQ American attacks are on the rise and intensifying, according to a new briefing by the Department of Homeland Security. According to DHS, 20% of all hate crimes reported throughout the USA in 2021 were motivated by bias linked to sexual orientation and gender, citing the FBI’s hate crime statistics.
The DHS Report was distributed to government and law enforcement agencies on May 11, and 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,” said the DHS report.
DHS further added 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 cited 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,” said DHS.
In recent months, politicians in Tennessee, Florida and other Republican-run states have introduced legislation that target the LGBTQIA+ community.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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