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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Hayasahibaa
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2 months ago

I wish this was higher up!

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Kevin Donegan
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2 months ago

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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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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Sabse
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2 months ago

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

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Sabse
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2 months ago

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

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2 months ago

That's what I call a all-male household

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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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Doyoulikegirlinred?
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2 months ago

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

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Jennifer Gould
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2 months ago

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

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Katie Peter
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2 months ago

This is so wonderful

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Hilary Mol
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2 months ago

True love in the ATL.

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

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Hayasahibaa
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2 months ago

Look at Jim blushing and shying! ❤️

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JuJu
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2 months ago

And the smiles are still brilliant

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Jennifer Gould
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2 months ago

awww....look at the HAPPY!! <3

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Kevin Donegan
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2 months ago

I love this!

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Alex T
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1 month ago (edited)

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

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Ariette K
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1 month ago

yeeeeeah stan pentagon

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Monty Is Fiennes
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2 months ago

Those freckles....<3

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Jenna
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2 months ago

Awww that is such a good photo!

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Cori
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2 months ago

Aww. This one made me sad. 😢

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Kevin Donegan
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2 months ago

The look of love.

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Sweetie Dahling
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1 month ago

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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Jennifer Gould
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2 months ago

cute couple <3

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JuJu
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2 months ago

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

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True Blue
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2 months ago

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

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Dorothy Finley
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2 months ago

MAGNUS AND ALEC!!!!

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Bird Mom
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2 months ago

Totally unrelated- NERDS! Great matching costumes!

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Kevin Donegan
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2 months ago

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

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Nubis Knight
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1 month ago

Those two look so gorgeous! *_*

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Jennifer Gould
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2 months ago

Cute couple! <3

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Sue Sue
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2 months ago

Adorable little bub !! 💖💖

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Katy McMouse
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2 months ago

I love this photo - amazing joy!

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Hayasahibaa
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2 months ago

Good morning to you, too!

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Alex T
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1 month ago

we stan and ship

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Alex T
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1 month ago

aww

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Alex T
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1 month ago

omfg dont get run over pls

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Katy McMouse
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2 months ago

Amen.

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Alex T
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1 month ago

gay highschool sweethearts???? my life is complete

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Jennifer Gould
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2 months ago

I have two Dads! :) Go BOYS!

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Jennifer Gould
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2 months ago

Love it!! <3

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Kevin Donegan
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2 months ago

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

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Elizabeth Molloy
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1 month ago

What a gorgeous family!

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Katie Peter
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2 months ago

You both look so sweet

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Jennifer Gould
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2 months ago

<3 cute couple!

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Alex T
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1 month ago

they look so in love i-

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Sweetie Dahling
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1 month ago

Serving fierce black outfits like the witches of AHS Coven

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Anxious Pansexual Nightmare
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1 month ago

Love and light bitches

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Katy McMouse
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2 months ago

You're damned right they are.

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b l a n c
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1 month ago

omg i love his bow tie in the first pic! so cute

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Sue Sue
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2 months ago

This is adorable!

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Jennifer Gould
Community Member
2 months ago

haha! These two look like they are super funny!

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Jennifer Gould
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2 months ago

<3 great pics <3

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ZenitaBonita
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1 month ago

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

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Crazy Dog Lady
Community Member
2 months ago

Amen to love!

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Alex T
Community Member
1 month ago

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

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Annie
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1 month ago

May you have a lifetime of love and happiness together.

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Alex T
Community Member
1 month ago

the perfect family

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Annie
Community Member
1 month ago

Such a sweet couple! Hope y'all are doing well!

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Annie
Community Member
1 month ago

Those loving smiles say it all! Congrats!

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Alex T
Community Member
1 month ago

my heart is repaired

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Monica Reed
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1 month ago

Super cute couple!

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b l a n c
Community Member
1 month ago

congrats to you!

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b l a n c
Community Member
1 month ago

i love all the rainbow in this

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Annie
Community Member
1 month ago

Congrats! May you have many more years of happiness!

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Annie
Community Member
1 month ago

Best wishes for many more years of joy to come!

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Annie
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1 month ago

Love, hope, and light indeed!

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Annie
Community Member
1 month ago

Congrats! May you have many more years of happiness!

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Annie
Community Member
1 month ago

I can feel the loving energy. Best wishes for continued happiness!

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True Blue
Community Member
2 months ago

I love their hair colour

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LRevello
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1 month ago

What handsome #proudboys! LOVE all of these pictures!

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Alex T
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1 month ago

v o t e