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Anti-LGBTQ threats loom over Pride

As violent threats loom over Pride month in both the U.S. and Canada, we look at the forces behind the recent rise in anti-LGBTQ sentiment.
Police officers in Idaho guard a group of men, who police say are among 31 Patriot Front members arrested for conspiracy to riot on June 11, 2022. (North Country Off Grid/Youtube/Reuters)

It's Pride month, but a string of violent threats and extremist confrontations are looming over the celebrations.

Police arrested 31 members of the white supremacist group Patriot Front near a Pride event in Idaho, saying the men were planning a riot. Proud Boys and other extremists have protested and stormed drag performances. And a teen in Mississauga, Ont., was arrested and charged for allegedly threatening a mass shooting at an event in Florida.

Today, a conversation about the forces behind a right-wing surge in anti-LGBTQ sentiment, and how the rhetoric is driving real-world threats. Guest Parker Molloy spent years with progressive media watchdogs, and she's been covering recent threats in her newsletter The Present Age.

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