The Proud Boys recently made headlines by celebrating President Trump's reply at last week's debate, when he was asked to condemn white supremacists. Trump instead blamed "antifa and the left" for violence and told the Proud Boys to "stand back and stand by." Meanwhile, the FBI classifies the Proud Boys as an extremist group, and the US research and advocacy organization SPLC lists them as a hate group.

But now, the LGBT community has stepped in to make the hashtag #proudboys known for entirely different reasons. Gay couples on Twitter are now flooding Twitter with pictures of love, sharing snaps with their spouses and partners. Star Trek’s George Takei initiated the idea, tweeting: “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.”

Takei’s post went viral, and many others joined in. The official Twitter account of the Canadian Armed Forces in the United States took part too and shared an image of two men kissing, which amassed 197.3K likes. #ProudBoys is finally trending for a good reason, and people on social media couldn’t be happier.

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CAFinUS Report

Kevin Donegan
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How can two countries be so similar yet so far apart ... just look at how the Canadians have tackled the Covid virus and the utter chaos going on in the United States.

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Blue_Texas2020 Report

Kevin Donegan
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ah, that classic photo of the naval officer kissing the nurse at the end of WWII ... so classic.

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The Proud Boys supremacist group has no official presence on Twitter since the social media site banned them in 2018 for abusive language and hate speech. Thus, they were celebrating their newly found fame, thanks to Trump, on Parler. Parler is a relatively new social media app which gained its popularity among conservatives.

On Sunday, though, gay men on Twitter actively seized control of the #proudboys hashtag, posting videos of men happily embracing, kissing, and celebrating love, calling themselves the real #proudboys.

“We’re proud of all the gay folks who have stepped up to reclaim our pride,” Takei, who initiated the campaign, wrote and posted a picture of himself and his husband Brad. “Our community and allies answered hate with love.” His post received nearly 94,300 likes.

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GeorgeTakei Report

Sabse
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When I see George Takei smile, I always have to smile too.

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FerdomoC Report

Sabse
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This little one is in loving hands! That is all that counts!

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Meanwhile, the leader of the Proud Boys group named Enrique Tarrio said he doesn’t get what these men are aiming at. He told CNN: “I think it's hysterical. This isn't something that's offensive to us. It's not an insult. We aren't homophobic. We don't care who people sleep with. People think it's going to bother us. It doesn't.”

But the Anti-Defamation League states that the Proud Boys’ ideology is “misogynistic, Islamophobic, transphobic, and anti-immigration."

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andres___camilo Report

Doyoulikegirlinred?
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have the same mug set!!!(the mug the guy in blue has) #costco4ever

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PhilBildner Report

Jennifer Gould
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Love the before and after! <3 Especially love that those smiles are just as bright!

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Jim Parsons and his husband Todd Spiewak on their wedding day. Proud Boys.

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jazwinner Report

JuJu
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And the smiles are still brilliant

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chucktripp74 Report

Alex T
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2 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

the gays have hijacked the internet... we are coming to get u mwahahahah god said gay rights

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booshoe37 Report

Blue of the yams (They/He)
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I really want anyone who thinks you can't find love in a queer relationship to read this post.

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Ross_Hull Report

Sweetie Dahling
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The couple is super cute but I can't get over the dogs wearing MAPLE LEAF SOCKS IT'S TOO ADORABLE

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bobbyberk Report

JuJu
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Bobby, the wonderful being and the only one I'd hand over my house to remodel.

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brycetache Report

True Blue
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They had to move to adopt and get married that is so messed up

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ProudSocialist Report

Bird Mom
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Totally unrelated- NERDS! Great matching costumes!

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blippie Report

Kevin Donegan
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Did these guys meet when they were 15? 22 years together!

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jbissell2 Report

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bradanderic Report

Alex T
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

gay highschool sweethearts???? my life is complete

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AreUontheLevel Report

Kevin Donegan
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes, love always tRumps hate ... it will come to fruition on November 3, 2020.

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BeingLGBTQPod Report

Sweetie Dahling
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Serving fierce black outfits like the witches of AHS Coven

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StevenErick1976 Report

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maxlamb1 Report

Jennifer Gould
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

haha! These two look like they are super funny!

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FlintJoel Report

ZenitaBonita
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These guys look like the cool uncles I always wanted to have

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jcrdandaly Report

Alex T
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

the gays r takin over watch out biotches *kicks down door while looking majestic in rainbow cape*

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bnkwupt Report

Annie
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

May you have a lifetime of love and happiness together.

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