A Kansas man has been charged with threatening to bomb and «committing a mass shooting» at an LGBTQ pride event this weekend in Nashville, Tennessee.

Joshua Hensley, 25, was arrested by FBI agents Thursday and charged with two counts of transmitting an interstate threat after he allegedly posted comments on Facebook in April threatening to «make shrapnel pressure cooker bombs» for the annual event this year. nashville pride celebration and “committing a mass shooting” at the event, according to a statement issued Tuesday by the US Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee.

“We will not tolerate hate-based threats of violence designed to intimidate Tennesseans,” US Attorney Henry C. Leventis said in a statement. «We will continue to work with our partners at the FBI to ensure that the civil rights of all individuals are protected.»

If convicted, Hensley faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count. He is also known as Josh Echo, according to the Justice Department.

Nashville Pride did not immediately respond to NBC News’ request for comment.

Christopher Sanders, executive director of the Tennessee Equality Project, a statewide LGBTQ group based in Nashville, said that despite the threats, the community «will come together to honor our past and build power to meet our challenges.»

“Pride is a celebration of our lives, especially when under threat from terrorist forces,” he wrote in an email. “The weather is more dangerous for our community this year, but Pride gatherings have been a source of strength for more than 50 years.”

The alleged threat against Nashville Pride comes in the midst of a Rise in anti-LGBTQ demonstrations in the US and an increase in state bills targeting the LGBTQ community, particularly transgender people.

The Crowd Count Consortium, a research group that tracks the size of political protests, found that there have been an average of 39 anti-LGBTQ protests across the country each month since June 2022, compared to just three per month. from January 2017 to May 2022.

And earlier this month, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ advocacy organization, declared a state of emergency for LGBTQ people in the US, the first time it has done so in its 40-year history. history, in response to the unprecedented increase in state legislation targeting LGBTQ people.