gay men take over proud boys hashtag

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. 

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. 

However, over the weekend, the term began trending on Twitter after Star Trek actor George Takei suggested that gay men flood the Proud Boys hashtag with gay content.

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. 

Many Canadians, including Schitt's Creek actor Dan Levy, posted their approval. 

"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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Canadian Forces in U.S.

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