US Gov’t Warns Prides May Not Be Safe. Have Your Plans Changed?

A wonderful Bear Pride Flag bearer at Tel Aviv Pride.

Pride Month Under Threat: US Officials Warn of Increased Caution

As June approaches, the LGBTQ+ community gears up to celebrate Pride Month with parades, parties, and various events worldwide. We’re planning on attending some Prides here in the U.S. and outside of the United States. What about you? Are you traveling or staying home? Tell us where you are planning to go? 

A recent advisory from US officials has cast a shadow over these festivities, urging caution due to potential threats from foreign terrorist organizations and domestic extremist groups. Has this warning changed your plans?  Did you need to reschedule your Pride trips and reconsider your destinations? We would love to know that, too. 

Within this post, I’ll share a handful of pictures from a past Tel Aviv Pride I attended. I’m on the right.

The Warning –

The US State Department issued a warning for citizens traveling abroad, emphasizing the need to “exercise increased caution” in locations frequented by tourists, including Pride celebrations. This alert follows a similar warning from US law enforcement agencies, highlighting the heightened risk during this period.

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The FBI and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have indicated that foreign terrorist groups or their supporters might exploit the large gatherings during Pride Month. Although no specific events or locations were identified, the advisory references alarming rhetoric from the Islamic State (IS) group, which has previously targeted LGBTQ+ events.

When I went to Tel Aviv, it was safe and secure. Last year, Instinct was approached to travel to Israel, but then October events occurred.

Past Pride Troubles – 

Reflecting on past tragedies, such as the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando in June 2016, where 49 people lost their lives, the warning is a stark reminder of the potential dangers faced by the LGBTQ+ community. Additionally, three IS sympathizers were arrested for planning an attack on a Pride parade in Vienna, Austria, in 2023, underscoring the ongoing threats.

The Counter Extremism Project, a New York-based non-profit, has observed that anti-LGBTQ+ sentiments are shared by both Islamist and far-right extremists. Mark D. Wallace, the project’s chief executive, noted the unsettling alliance between neo-Nazis and jihadis based on their mutual disdain for the LGBTQ+ community.

With the military present in towers all over Tel Aviv Pride, I felt amazingly safe in Israel.

What About At Home?


Domestic threats have also surged, with increased protests and threats against LGBTQ+ communities in the US. The Anti-Defamation League and GLAAD reported 145 incidents of anti-LGBTQ+ violence, harassment, and vandalism during Pride Month in 2023. Have you ever felt unsafe at Pride?

Be safe, Be careful, and Be fabulous!

Pride Must Go On – 

In light of these warnings, it is crucial for LGBTQ+ individuals and allies to remain vigilant while participating in Pride events. While the spirit of Pride is unyielding, ensuring safety and security should be a priority.

Stay safe, stay proud, and let’s continue to celebrate the resilience and diversity of our community.

And remember to answer our questions on our Facebook and socials.

  • Are you traveling or staying home? Tell us where you are planning to participate in Pride. 

  • Has this new warning changed your plans? Did you reschedule your Pride trips and reconsider your destinations?
  • Have you ever felt unsafe at Pride?

4 thoughts on “US Gov’t Warns Prides May Not Be Safe. Have Your Plans Changed?”

  1. I stopped going to Pride when my Instacart Driver in Morris, Illinois named “Joey” sent me an unsolicited D pick after dropping off my food order and wrote “Happy Pride” on the text. The event has become a freaking excuse for the most ridiculous behavior from people. It used to be about the LGBTQ community but now it seems as if it is a free for all for anyone to show up or act any way they want.

  2. PRIDE celebrations are still valid, even if just to experience a day of thousands of gay friends & supporters all in one space. Over-commercialized & corporate messaged ? Yup, but remember this is because we have come so far.

    I’m from Western PA & only time I’ve ever felt unsafe at a Pride event was in NYC in 1975 – walking to march with my then (and now) partner, we were harassed by a thuggish group of youngsters on a brownstone stoop in the West Village. Suspect tables would be turned today.

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  4. I stopped going to Pride a few years ago for several reasons: First of all, the festival has become far too commercial. What do companies selling new siding or the latest cars have to do with Pride? Secondly, even if you go to the festival early, it’s crowded and you’re dodging baby strollers all over the place, which is something I don’t like at all. Thirdly, I’ve had two knee and an ankle replacement, and Pride is held in a park with varying levels, which makes getting around harder with my cane. Finally, quite frankly, I’m always disappointed. It’s a lot of the same old, same old. I used to love going to Pride, especially for the booths that gave away some fun stuff. I used to pick up a lot of things for the prize box in my classroom, but as I age and downsize, I find that getting stuff doesn’t appeal as much anymore. I’ll stay home and may have a party that day instead.


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