Gay couples are taking over the 'Proud Boys' hashtag by posting photos of themselvesBy Mark Pygas
Oct. 8 2020, Updated 9:47 a.m. ET
President Donald Trump seemingly refused to condemn the Proud Boys during last week's presidential debate. Asked to condemn white supremacist groups by moderator Chris Wallace, President Trump instead told the Proud Boys to "stand back and stand by."
Members of the far-right group celebrated the president's statement on social media. A few days later—amid backlash from the Republican party—President Trump condemned all white supremacy groups during an interview with Fox News. "I've said it many times, let me be clear again, I condemn the KKK. I condemn all white supremacists. I condemn the Proud Boys," Trump said. "I don't know much about the Proud Boys, almost nothing, but I condemn that."
And with the group in the spotlight yet again, gay couples decided to troll the Proud Boys by taking over their hashtag. The idea seems to have been started by actor George Takei, who wrote: "I wonder if the BTS and TikTok kids can help LGBTs with this. 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."
The idea quickly took off.
"When I met this man we weren’t allowed to marry," one user wrote. "The law changed & we had our trip to the registry office & our official day of love because society changed -is still changing- thanks to all the brave allies of all genders & loving families & #ProudBoys."
"My husband Rob and I are two #ProudBoys," another user added. "Here we are with our five wonderful children."
This is such a good idea.
"I’m proud of the #ProudBoys in my extended family," another user added. "Ray and Joe were together 55 years. They were married August 1st 2013, the day same sex marriages became legal in Minnesota. They met in 1960. They were together 53 years before they were allowed legally to marry."