Gay Twitter Commandeers #ProudBoys Hashtag from Pro-Trump White Supremacist Group, Floods Social Media With Images of Same Sex Love

Gay Twitter Commandeers #ProudBoys Hashtag from Pro-Trump White Supremacist Group, Floods Social Media With Images of Same Sex Love

A social media campaign by gay and LGBTQ people and allies to reclaim the hashtag #ProudBoys from the white supremacist group is working, as Twitter was flooded on Sunday with photos of gay couples kissing, rainbow flags, and drag queens.

After Donald Trump failed to unequivocally condemn the racist, neo-fascist organization during his debate with Joe Biden last Monday, telling them to instead “stand back and stand by”, Proud Boy members gleefully took to social media to claim they had Trump’s backing.

In a follow-up interview with Fox on Thursday, Trump did go on to offer a more concrete condemnation: “I’ve said it many times, let me be clear again, I condemn the KKK [Ku Klux Klan]. I condemn all white supremacists. I condemn the Proud Boys,” he told Sean Hannity. “I don’t know much about the Proud Boys, almost nothing, but I condemn that.”

This, of course, only brought the group – whose extremist activities have been detailed by the Southern Poverty Law Center – more attention.

It’s unclear exactly where the idea to take over the hashtag #ProudBoys came from, but when actor and activist George Takei tweeted the suggestion on Thursday of attaching it to images of same-sex love, a spark was lit.

“What if gay guys took pictures of themselves making out with each other or doing very gay things, then tagged themselves with #ProudBoys?” he asked.

Thousands answered his call, and #ProudBoys began trending over the weekend. Now, when you type #ProudBoys into Twitter, instead of far-right racists, you’re greeted with images of proud, gay men.

Takei took again to Twitter to post an image of himself and his husband, and to thank people for showing support.


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