Gay men hijack Proud Boys Twitter hashtag with messages of love, pride


The phrases Proud Boys took on an entire new which means this weekend as homosexual males flooded Twitter with messages of affection and acceptance utilizing the hashtag #ProudBoys. The celebration of LGBTQI pleasure was a transparent try and drown out voices of the far-right group with the identical identify, which made headlines after getting a point out from by President Donald Trump throughout Tuesday’s first presidential debate

“Let’s change the hashtag with pictures of affection, positivity and true PRIDE,” tweeted Carlos G. Smith, an brazenly homosexual member of Florida’s Home of Representatives. 

Many tweets hooked up to the trending hashtag confirmed images of {couples} who had been collectively years or a long time — at their weddings, posing with their kids, marching in pleasure parades, or simply trying fortunately in love. 

“My husband and I with our new child daughter. Now she’s in kindergarten. We’re actually #proudboys,” Joseph Bissell-Maynard tweeted

Wrote Joel Flint, “Twenty years collectively. Proud to be homosexual! Not pleased with hate.” 

The hashtag takeover seems to have originated with Star Trek star George Takei, who questioned aloud Thursday what would occur if homosexual males tagged themselves as #ProudBoys on social media. 

“What if homosexual guys took photos of themselves making out with one another or doing very homosexual issues, then tagged themselves with #ProudBoys? I wager it might mess them up actual unhealthy,” Takei tweeted

The Proud Boys referenced within the debate are “self-described ‘western chauvinists’ who adamantly deny any connection to the racist ‘alt-right,’ insisting they’re merely a fraternal group spreading an ‘anti-political correctness’ and ‘anti-white guilt’ agenda, in response to civil rights group Southern Poverty Law Center, or SLPC. The SLPC maintains, nevertheless, that the group, based in 2016, associates with extremists and is thought for anti-Muslim and misogynistic rhetoric. 

Throughout a debate trade between Trump and moderator Chris Wallace about white supremacists, Trump informed the Proud Boys to “stand again and stand by.” Following the talk, members of the group celebrated Trump’s response, utilizing “stand again” and “stand by” of their brand and posting movies from the talk with the caption “God. Household. Brotherhood.”

Not less than one of many many tweets from homosexual males utilizing the #ProudBoys hashtag referenced Trump’s debate phrases. “We are going to by no means stand again and stand by! Collectively for 25 years with two superb kids,” Dan Ort-Patrick wrote

Twitter suspended the accounts of Proud Boys, and its founder Gavin McInnes, in 2018 for violating its phrases of service on inciting violence. Proud Boys reacted angrily to the weekend’s Twitter marketing campaign on one other social media platform, Parler, Forbes reported

However again on Twitter, it was all love and rainbows, with Takei expressing gratitude for with the enthusiastic response to his thought. 

“Brad and I are #ProudBoys, legally married for 12 years now,” he tweeted Sunday together with a photograph of him and his accomplice. “And we’re pleased with the entire homosexual of us who’ve stepped as much as reclaim our pleasure on this marketing campaign. Our neighborhood and allies answered hate with love, and what could possibly be higher than that.”

In the meantime, the standing of the second presidential debate, scheduled for Oct. 15, stays unclear given the president’s COVID-19 diagnosis

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Leslie Katz