Nearly a week after President Trump instructed the far-right extremist Proud Boys group to “stand back and stand by” during 2020’s first presidential debate after being asked to condemn them, internet users have reclaimed the #ProudBoys hashtag by flooding Twitter and Reddit with photos of gay men in love and expressing physical affection.
Founded by Vice co-founder Gavin McInnes, the Proud Boys considers itself a group of “western chauvinists,” while the FBI and the SPLC consider it a hate group with links to white supremacy.
Couples from all over the world have been getting pretty personal with it, sharing important moments from their relationships.
.@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
— Canadian Forces in 🇺🇸 (@CAFinUS) October 4, 2020
— Sam J. Miller (@sentencebender) October 4, 2020
When I met this man we weren’t allowed to marry. The law changed & we had our trip to the registry office & our official day of love because society changed -is still changing- thanks to all the brave allies of all genders & loving families & #ProudBoys #LoveMakesTheWorldGoRound pic.twitter.com/rOQTJ07bP5
— Damian Barr (@Damian_Barr) October 4, 2020
— TURN TEXAS BLUE (@Blue_Texas2020) October 3, 2020
— AreUontheSquare (@AreUontheLevel) October 4, 2020
— Mark Fish (@SMarkfish) October 4, 2020
— J R (@jazwinner) October 4, 2020
— Khalil Edwards (@immadome100) October 4, 2020
— Matthew Schueller (@booshoe37) October 4, 2020
— Ants (@helloitsants) October 4, 2020
— Sabrina McDaniel (@Sabrina_McDa) October 4, 2020
— Fernando Perdomo C. (@FerdomoC) October 4, 2020