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Threat Prompts Evacuation Of LGBT Rights Groups

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Metro Police responded to threats to "national gay rights organizations."
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Metro Police responded to threats to "national gay rights organizations."

Several D.C. gay rights groups were evacuated today following unspecified bomb threats received by the Los Angeles Police Department targeting "national gay rights organizations."

The D.C. Metropolitan Politce Department has confirmed that their Gay and Lesbian Task Force office was targeted, along with the headquarters for the Human Rights campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

According to Metro Weekly, which broke the story, the MPD surrounded the targeted buildings and brought in bomb-sniffing dogs.

Michael Cole-Schwartz is the communications director at the Human Rights campaign: "We were notified by the Metropolitan Police Department late this morning that there was a non-specific threat against an LGBT-rights organziation and out of an abundance of caution, we evacuated the building."

Cole-Schwartz says while the incident was alarming, he was grateful the threat was taken seriously by police.

All four locations were searched, then given the all clear.

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