A hashtag used by the far-right fascist group, Proud Boys has been hijacked by gay men to the delight of thousands of people on social media.
The male-only organization, which is affiliated with white supremacists, gained notoriety last Tuesday after Donald Trump refused to condemn them in the first presidential debate.
Now gay men around the world have taken over the hashtag #ProudBoys to make it trend for different reasons.
I wonder if the BTS and TikTok kids can help LGBTs with this. 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
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) October 1, 2020
Drown out the noise!
— Luke Baines (@LukeBaines) October 4, 2020
— kristen VOTE johnston (@thekjohnston) October 4, 2020
— Dumb Beezie (@dumbbeezie) October 4, 2020
— Jennifer Brown (@jennibee70) October 4, 2020
— JerseyCraig #ShutUpMan (@Jersey_Craig) October 4, 2020
The claiming of #ProudBoys by Gay Twitter may be the best thing to happen in 2020.
— Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi) October 4, 2020
— Matt Dechaine 👂 (@mattdechaine) October 4, 2020
— Daniel-André Everitt-Mouton 🏳️🌈 🌊 (@AndreEveritt) October 4, 2020
— Connor 🏳️🌈 (@EatThatHorse) October 4, 2020
.@JerickFL and I are joining thousands of gay men on social media to reclaim #ProudBoys from white supremacists and bigoted neo-nazis. Let’s replace the hashtag with images of love, positivity, and true PRIDE! Your two favorite #ProudBoys are here standing by, ready to VOTE! 🏳️🌈🗳 pic.twitter.com/8k8iUlfFFx
— Rep. Carlos G Smith (@CarlosGSmith) October 4, 2020
— Brian Sims (@BrianSimsPA) October 4, 2020
— Mark Fish (@SMarkfish) October 4, 2020
— Canadian Forces in 🇺🇸 (@CAFinUS) October 4, 2020
— J. Judkins (@AltFedLaw) October 4, 2020
This article originally appeared in the Washington Blade and is made available in partnership with the National LGBT Media Association.