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Queer Twitter takes over #ProudBoys hashtag

LGBTIQ social media users have flooded Twitter with queer content using the hashtag #ProudBoys.

The action, led by Star Trek alumnus and LGBTIQ activist George Takei, is in response to US President Trump’s refusal last week to denounce the Proud Boys or other far-right white supremacist groups.

Speaking in the first presidential debate for 2020, Trump advised such groups to “stand back and stand by”.

“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,” Takei tweeted.

The hashtag has taken off, with thousands of LGBTIQ tweeters taking over and flooding the platform with content ranging from humorous to sweet, all showing how proud they are to be themselves and part of the rainbow community.

“Brad and I are #ProudBoys, legally married for 12 years now,” tweeted Takei with a picture of himself and his husband.

“And we’re proud of all of the gay folks who have stepped up to reclaim our pride in this campaign. Our community and allies answered hate with love, and what could be better than that.”

Others have posted family photos, musical numbers, and queer social shots, hijacking the hashtag from the right-wing Proud Boys, who are reportedly very unhappy with Takei.

Facebook and Instagram have blocked the hashtag, causing some to question why such action was only taken when it was taken over by queer content.

“Look up what’s trending now on #ProudBoys,” Takei tweeted on the weekend.

“You’re welcome, Internet.”

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