Gay men take over Proud Boys hashtag in Canada and the rest of the world
Canada is joining the rest of the world in putting a new meaning to the words Proud Boys.
In last week's U.S. presidential debate, when asked whether he would condemn white supremacy, President Donald Trump said, "Proud Boys, stand back and stand by," referencing the often violent, far-right organization affiliated with white supremacists.
Next year my husband I will celebrate 25 years together. We had to move to Canada to legally marry and adopt 2 of our sons. We’re back in the US. Our family has grown. And we’re fighting to save this country. Here’s us voting for Biden, Harris and a Blue ticket. #ProudBoys pic.twitter.com/wpStqC5Bm1— Bryce Tache (@brycetache) October 4, 2020
While he did condemn the group two days later, his initial mention of the Proud Boys raised their profile in the United States and in Canada, Bernie Farber, chair of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, told CBC News.
"This is the best thing that could have happened to Proud Boys and the white supremacist movement in probably half a century," Farber said.
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. #ReclaimingMyShine— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) October 1, 2020
One notable account that took part was the Canadian Forces sanctioned in the U.S. who posted a photo of Master Seaman Francis Legare kissing his partner, Corey Vautour, in 2016 after returning from over eight months at sea.
👍🏼❤️— dan levy (@danjlevy) October 4, 2020
"Just when I thought I couldn't love Canada any more," someone else wrote.
Others shared their own photos alongside the hashtag.
"#ProudBoys well done, spread love not hate that's what the world needs, peace and love from Vancouver Canada," another Twitter user added.
This comes after Trump announced he and wife Melania Trump had been diagnosed with COVID-19, to which Canadians, specifically Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, responded.
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