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Proud Boy’s Twitter hashtag taken from photos of LGBTQ love



Twitter users have reclaimed the hashtag Proud Boys with photos and tweets depicting LGBTQ love in an attempt to divert attention from the controversial group. It’s not clear whose idea it was, but it’s believed the campaign kicked off thanks to a push from actor George Takei, who tweeted the idea on Oct. 1.

“What if gay guys took pictures of themselves making out with each other or doing very gay things and then tagging themselves with #ProudBoys. I bet that would really mess them up. #ReclaimingMyShine,” Takei wrote.

Interest in the Proud Boys rose days earlier after the first presidential debate in which Donald Trump refused to condemn and white supremacists said the Proud Boys instead to “step back and stand by.”

President Trump condemned white supremacy and the Proud Boys two days after Tuesday’s debate.

The group was founded in 2016 by Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes and is classified as a hate group by civil rights group Southern Poverty Law Center. “You are known for anti-Muslim and misogynist rhetoric,” the SPLC notes.

Since Takei’s call to action, Twitter users have shared their LGBTQ love.

Takei even tweeted his own love story.

“We’re proud of all the gay people who stepped up to take back our pride in this campaign,” Takei tweeted about the hashtag’s adoption.




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