The LGBTQ community has defiantly reclaimed the ProudBoys hashtag much to the fury of the right-wing American group that carries the name. Here are some of the most amazing #ProudBoys posts we’ve seen!
The Proud Boys are described as a far-right, neo-fascist and male-only organisation that is accused of promoting and engaging in white supremacy and political violence.
Veteran Star Trek actor and LGBTQ activist George Takei has been credited with initiating the global viral movement to take ownership of the name on social media.
“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,” tweeted Takei on 2 October.
The hashtag, which was has been used by the bigoted group to disseminate its hurtful beliefs, has since become associated with positivity thanks to a tsunami of posts celebrating LGBTQ love and identity.
Thousands of LGBTQ people have posted photos of themselves, their relationships, families and community under the hashtag; beautifully transforming hate into love.
Those who have joined in include celebrities and members of the military. A picture of two men kissing posted by Canada’s armed forces has been shared 40,000 times.
Enrique Tarrio, chairman of the Proud Boys group, told CNN that the group is not homophobic, but complained: “One of the messages they want to send with this is that they’re trying to drown out our supporters, they’re trying to silence us.”
The organisation was highlighted around the world during the recent presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. When Biden dared Trump to condemn the Proud Boys, he urged them to “stand back and stand by,” which Proud Boys viewed as an endorsement from the president.
The response from the LGBTQ community is an inspiring example of positivity, love and equality triumphing over bigotry, hate and discrimination.