The Proud Boys are one of America’s brownshirt-like fascistic groups of predominantly white nationalists—see racist and sexist—finding favor with Trump and Trump supporters. Like all good hate groups based in the fundamental pathetic mythology that men, and mostly white men, are being persecuted by … society, the Proud Boys are filled with all kinds of bigotries and fears. They are homophobic and racist and misogynistic. They are xenophobic and fascistic and militaristic. Lots of fun these Proud Boys are not.
While the Proud Boys are a dangerous group, they are also a small group, and the majority of the known universe is not made up of people with such small-minded ideas about the world. On Sunday, the LGBTQ community online decided to take back the hashtag of the #ProudBoys and use it to celebrate some of the more beautiful things in life as opposed to the childish insecurities and mismanaged frustrations of a group of sad sacks.
Where are the #ProudBoys? Here they are!
And here’s a nice range of colors.
It’s a big party.
And everyone is invited.
And watch out! Political!
A short story of becoming a #ProudBoy in pictures.
And let’s be clear about how language and the meaning of words work.
Listen, there are some real freaks out there. Hopefully one day they’ll get it together and join us on the rainbow road.