The Proud Boys recently made headlines by celebrating President Trump’s reply at last week’s debate, when he was asked to condemn white supremacists. Trump instead blamed “antifa and the left” for violence and told the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by.” Meanwhile, the FBI classifies the Proud Boys as an extremist group, and the US research and advocacy organization SPLC lists them as a hate group.
But now, the LGBT community has stepped in to make the hashtag #proudboys known for entirely different reasons. Gay couples on Twitter are now flooding Twitter with pictures of love, sharing snaps with their spouses and partners. Star Trek’s George Takei initiated the idea, tweeting: “What if gay guys took pictures of themselves making out with each other or doing very gay things, then tagged themselves with #ProudBoys. I bet it would mess them up real bad. #ReclaimingMyShine.”
Takei’s post went viral, and many others joined in. The official Twitter account of the Canadian Armed Forces in the United States took part too and shared an image of two men kissing, which amassed 197.3K likes. #ProudBoys is finally trending for a good reason, and people on social media couldn’t be happier.