Gay men trolled the far-right Proud Boys by tweeting gay pride celebrations with the hashtag #ProudBoys on Sunday – in an attempt to drown out content the Proud Boys group posted under that tag.
“Gay Twitter has claimed the alt-right white supremacist hashtag #ProudBoys and filled it with images of love, positivity and true PRIDE!” one user tweeted on Sunday.
Many members of the LGBTQ community have used the hashtag to celebrate their own relationships.
“#ProudBoys twenty-seven years together and always”, one user tweeted accompanied by a photo of himself and his partner.
Another one shared a snapshot of their wedding, saying, “A pair of #ProudBoys here to reclaim the proud word.”
The Proud Boys made headlines last week when President Trump told the group to “stand back and be ready” when asked to disavow white supremacists and militias during the presidential debate.
The group, which has been active since at least 2016, is considered by the Southern Poverty Law Center to be a “general hate” organization that espouses misogynistic, anti-Muslim and homophobic rhetoric.
They also participated in the 2017 Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally, where a woman was mowed down and killed.