Twitter users have reclaimed the Proud Boys hashtag with photos and tweets depicting LGBTQ love 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 white supremaciststo “step back and stand by.”
President Trumpand 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. “They 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.