Proud Boys: Far-right group becomes LGBT trend online

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Proud Boys: Far-right group becomes LGBT trend online

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The Proud Boys have denied being a homophobic organisation

Members of the LGBT group have been making #ProudBoys pattern on social media by posting photos of homosexual delight and photos of themselves with family members.

The pattern is a part of efforts to drown out posts and content material associated to a far-right, anti-immigrant group of the identical identify.

Actors, artists and the Canadian armed forces are amongst those that have shared supportive photos.

The Proud Boys group has denied being a homophobic organisation.

Because the starting of final week, the time period #ProudBoys has been tweeted greater than 88,000 occasions.

Nearly all of them have been posted since 1 October. That day, former Star Trek actor and LGBT rights activist George Takei instructed on Twitter that “homosexual guys” ought to use the hashtag to share photos of themselves “making out with one another or doing very homosexual issues.”

His tweet additionally referred to an identical marketing campaign by Korean pop music (Okay-pop) followers, launched earlier this 12 months. In help of the Black Lives Matter motion, Twitter users flooded social media with pictures of Korean musicians with the hashtags #WhiteLivesMatter and #AllLivesMatter – tags which have been used on-line by folks crucial of the Black Lives Matter motion.

Different contributors of the most recent #ProudBoys pattern have included Bobby Berk, a number of the Netflix present Queer Eye.

Canada’s armed forces have additionally shared an image of two males kissing, which has been shared over 27,000 occasions.

Enrique Tarrio, chairman of the Proud Boys group, informed US broadcaster CNN he isn’t certain what social media customers are attempting to attain.

“I feel it is hysterical,” stated Mr Tarrio. “This is not one thing that is offensive to us. It isn’t an insult. We aren’t homophobic. We do not care who folks sleep with.

“One of many messages they need to ship with that is that they are attempting to drown out our supporters, they’re attempting to silence us,” he added. “If you’re attempting to drown out different folks’s ideas, I do not assume there’s something progressive about that.”

Based in 2016 by Canadian-British right-wing activist Gavin McInnes, the Proud Boys is a far-right, anti-immigrant, all-male group.

Whereas not completely white, they’ve grew to become infamous for violent confrontations towards left-wing rival teams. Fb, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube have all banned the Proud Boys from their platforms.

US President Donald Trump drew criticism final week after feedback in regards to the group throughout a presidential debate with Joe Biden. When requested to sentence white supremacist and militia teams, Mr Trump as an alternative referred to as on the Proud Boys to “stand again and stand by”.

Many members of the group, together with Mr Tarrio, took his phrases as an endorsement. However the president has since stated that he condemns the Proud Boys and all white supremacists.

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