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North American gay couples decided to “steal” the #ProudBoys hashtag, which was previously directed to a white supremacist and neo-Nazi group, in order to celebrate homoaffective love. The initiative came up after the first United States presidential debate on September 29, in which Donald Trump refused to condemn attacks from right wing groups and only asked them to “stand back and stand by”, arguing that, as far as he knows, the violent confrontations come from left wing groups.

“(…) I would say almost everything I see is from the left wing, not from the right wing.” – said Trump at the debate-“Somebody’s got to do something about Antifa [movimento antifascista] and the left because this is not a right-wing problem. “.

The speech was well received by the extremist group and, according to information gathered by The New York Times (via MAGG), a member said that “Trump basically said to go f*** them [os membros do Antifa] up! This makes me so happy.”

While another message said “President Trump told the proud boys to stand by because someone needs to deal with ANTIFA… well sir! We’re ready!”

In response to that, gay men came forward on Twitter to reclaim the hashtag, and one of the pictures with greater repercussion was the one with a kiss between two men from the Canadian Armed Forces, posted by the “Canadian Forces in USA”.

“If you wear a uniform, you know what it means.” – says the caption of the picture – “If you’re thinking about wearing our uniform, know what it means. Love is Love. Know what we mean?” The picture above was retweeted more than 7,000 times just hours after being posted and is one of the most popular pictures in the movement. Until the end of this article, there are more than 35 thousand retweets and 264 thousand likes.

The movement reached the United States House of Representatives, which, unlike the Senate, is primarily composed of democrats (Donald Trump’s opposing party). One of the House members, Carlos Guillermo Smith, took the opportunity to post a picture with his husband, in order to show support for the gay community and oppose Trump’s speech.

“@JerickFL and I are joining thousands of gay men on social media to reclaim #ProudBoys from white supremacists and bigoted neo-nazis. Let’s replace the hashtag with images of love, positivity, and true PRIDE! Your two favorite #ProudBoys are here standing by, ready to VOTE!” – he said.

Also read: After Trump claims to ban transsexuals from the Armed Forces, Canada invites trans people to enlist.

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Jornalista formado pela PUC do Rio de Janeiro, dedicou sua vida a falar sobre cultura nerd/geek. Gay desde que se entende por gente, sempre teve um desejo de trabalhar com o público LGBT+ e crê que a informação é a melhor arma contra qualquer tipo de "fobia".