Gay Hell: the Michigan town renamed to troll Donald Trump

The YouTuber Elijah Daniel has bought – and rebranded – a midwestern community to protest against the president’s ban on LGBT flags at US embassies

Depends on what? That’s quite a difference. Whether we’re talking about Hell (178 years) or Gay Hell (one day).

Gay Hell, I think – that’s what it says at the top of the page. But surely plain old hell has been around for longer than 178 years? No, it’s not hell, as in where bad dudes go after death for eternal punishment and suffering; we’re talking about Hell, a tiny town in Michigan.

So it was formerly called Hell, but now it’s called Gay Hell? Yep.

The 25-year-old YouTube vlogger and joker? Obviously, yes, that Elijah Daniel. He bought Hell and changed the name to Gay Hell.

Any reason? To protest against the ban on rainbow flags at US embassies during Pride month, instituted by Donald Trump’s administration. “I bought the whole town,” he tweeted. “I have renamed my town to Gay Hell, MI. The only flags allowed to fly are pride.” He later dialled back in an NBC News interview, saying it was a joke and he wouldn’t ban other flags.

Does Daniel have a connection with Hell? He was born into an evangelical Christian family in Detroit, which isn’t far away. And he used to be the mayor of Hell, in 2017. For a day.

How come? You can pay $100 (£80) to become the mayor of Hell for a day. Daniel did it in response to Trump’s travel restrictions from some Muslim countries.

What! Shouldn’t this be more like front page news than Pass notes? Daniel, not Trump. It’s what happens when your day is up.

Any policies while he was mayor? He banned heterosexuality. But not in a bad way. “I love straights, but my #1 priority is the safety of my town,” he tweeted. “Until the heterosexual threat has been reviewed we cannot allow them to enter.”

And how much did he pay to buy Hell? He’s not saying. But the two-hectare (five-acre) commercial property was on the market for $900,000 in 2016.

Peanuts to a YouTuber, I imagine. There’s also a question mark over whether technically he owns it outright.

Who cares, it’s Gay Hell now. And hundred of thousands of 18- to 24-year-olds are aware of a political story that they might otherwise not have been.

Do say: “An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise” – Victor Hugo.

Don’t say: “If you’re going through hell, keep going” – Winston Churchill.

Gay Hell: US town re-named to protest LGBT flag ban

YouTuber Elijah Daniel, 25, is making waves on social media this week after announcing that he’s buying the small American town Hell and re-naming it for Pride Month.

Pride month celebrates the global LGBTQ+ community with a series of events and parades held annually throughout the month of June.

Calling the town Gay Hell is a protest against US President Donald Trump’s ban on American embassies flying the rainbow flag, Mr Daniel told BBC News.

Known for his stunts, Mr Daniel said his latest action aims to „trick“ his young audience, mostly 15 to 24-year-olds, into paying attention to politics.

„The idea is they click my tweet and then see the news behind it. It’s the way I get my audience interested,“ he explained.

ahead of pride month Trump’s administration put a ban on embassy’s flying pride flags. so as of today, I am now the owner of Hell, Michigan. I bought the whole town. And my first act as owner, I have renamed my town to Gay Hell, MI. The only flags allowed to fly are pride.

Under President Barack Obama, US embassies were permitted to fly the LGBTQ+ flag, but the White House has now banned the practice.

Vice-President Mike Pence, an evangelical Christian who opposes same-sex marriage, defended the ban as the „right decision“.

Mr Daniel initially promised that only pride flags would fly in Gay Hell, until he realised that it would be illegal to ban residents from flying the American flag.

Hell, which is about 60 miles from Detroit, has turned itself into a tourist destination by capitalising on its unusual name.

In the town you can buy the right to be mayor for the day, a wedding chapel is available for couples who want to „get married in Hell“, and visitors can visit Hell Hole Bar and Hell Saloon.

In 2017 Elijah Daniel made headlines when he became Hell’s mayor and announced he would ban heterosexuals from the town.

Mr Daniel grew up near Hell in a „very religious family“, and says the town’s name was taken seriously by many in his community.

Keen to point out his stunt is meant to be „over-exaggerated and fun“, he says he also wants to send a message to children growing up like him that „it’s OK to be gay“.

He aims to do something every year to mark Pride, including in 2017 when he re-wrote the bible „to make it gay“, changing the first sentence to „in the beginning Rihanna created the heavens and the earth“.

He says he cares about Hell and that it’s a place he wants „run all year round“, not only for Pride Month.

Hell’s owner has been trying to sell for a while, but according to Mr Daniel, he wants to „pass it on to someone who will carry on the tradition“.

The asking price is around $1m (£800,000), and Mr Daniel says he will soon finalise his purchase of the town – at which point, Hell’s new name will be made permanent.

Gay Hell, Mi has everything. A library, a place to lock your love in Gay Hell, and even a WEDDING CHAPEL TO GET GAY MARRIED IN HELL!

Many on social media celebrated Mr Daniel’s move and he says his fans „love it“.

His tweet announcing the name change has been shared by nearly 50,000 people and liked almost 200,000 times.

But conservative radio and TV host Joe Pags accused Mr Daniel of „hating the American flag“ and Mr Daniel admitted he has received threatening messages on Twitter „but nothing out of the ordinary.“

a ban? ummm.. no. They simply said the American Embassy should fly the flag of our country. Why are you anti-American Flag? Why are you so filled with hate? Stop hating the flag. Disgusting.

Gay Hell: US town re-named to protest LGBT flag ban

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YouTuber Elijah Daniel Says He Bought Hell, Michigan, Renamed it ‚Gay Hell‘ After Trump Ban on Pride Flags at Embassies

„Rick and Morty“ musician Elijah Daniel, also known by his rap name Lil Phag, said he purchased the town of Hell, Michigan. His first order of business was to rename it Gay Hell. Daniel, who has nearly 600,000 YouTube subscribers, said he was inspired to purchase Gay Hell since the State Department has refused to allow embassies to hoist rainbow flags during LGBTQ Pride Month this year.

In an interview with Newsweek, Daniel revealed he has a past connection with Hell and its unofficial mayor, John Colone. He stood in as mayor for the day in 2017, where he banned straight people from the town.

„Growing up, I was always told that homosexuals would go to Hell,“ he wrote in his amended ban,“ he wrote at the time. „Now the heterosexuals are trying to take this from us too.“

THIS IS JOHN. HES THE BEST. THANK YOU FOR TRUSTING ME TO CARRY THE TORCH OF GAY HELL ?

The YouTube star wouldn’t disclose how much it cost to partially purchase Gay Hell, but he and Colone have been planning the „takeover“ for months. In celebration of Pride Month „I decided to take it over for a bit,“ Daniel said.

People can become mayor of Gay Hell for the day, just like Daniel did in 2017. There’s also going to be Gay Hell tours and weddings.

It’s not clear how long Gay Hell is going to last for, but it could be extended past Pride month. Hell is up for purchase, and Daniel is thinking about buying it in total. Right now, his purchase is temporary.

So what’s the response been like? It was more than what Daniel was expecting. „It’s been a lot crazier than I thought it would be,“ he said. „It’s been a busier day than I expected it to be.“

In Daniel’s town, the only flags that are allowed to be hoisted are rainbow flags that represent Pride.

The YouTube star took to Twitter on Monday to share pictures of his new town. Within one hour, his tweet was liked more than 20,000 times.

„Ahead of pride month Trump’s administration put a ban on embassy’s flying pride flags,“ Daniel tweeted. „So as of today, I am now the owner of Hell, Michigan. I bought the whole town. And my first act as owner, I have renamed my town to Gay Hell, MI. The only flags allowed to fly are pride.“

In a follow-up tweet, the „Elton John“ musician added there are a library and wedding chapel in his town. „Gay Hell, Mi has everything. A library, a place to lock your love in Gay Hell, and even a WEDDING CHAPEL TO GET GAY MARRIED IN HELL!“ he wrote.

The flying the pride flag ban at embassies is a new policy that Vice President Mike Pence, an evangelical Christian who opposes gay marriage said was the „right decision.“

„We’re proud to be able to serve every American,“ Pence told NBC Tuesday, but „when it comes to the American flagpole, and American embassies, and capitals around the world, one American flag flies.“

ahead of pride month Trump’s administration put a ban on embassy’s flying pride flags. so as of today, I am now the owner of Hell, Michigan. I bought the whole town. And my first act as owner, I have renamed my town to Gay Hell, MI. The only flags allowed to fly are pride.

The Trump administration’s ban is starkly different from the Obama administration, whose directive was for LGBT rights to be promoted during Pride Month. It was part of the guideline for rainbow flags to be hoisted outside embassies.

When Mike Pompeo became secretary of state, however, if diplomats wanted to fly a rainbow flag they needed top-level approval from the State Department’s Office of Management.

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YouTuber Elijah Daniel Says He Bought Hell, Michigan, Renamed it 'Gay Hell' After Trump Ban on Pride Flags at Embassies

YouTuber Elijah Daniel Buys (Gay) Hell, Michigan in Honor of Pride Month

YouTubers are known for their publicity stunts. Just the other day, David Dobrik announced his divorce from his BFF Jason Nash’s mom, Lorraine, and don’t even get us started on the Tati vs. James Charles debacle.

However, social media influencer and comedian Elijah Daniel’s decision to buy (Gay) Hell, Michigan, while still technically a publicity stunt, was one for a good cause.

„Ahead of pride month Trump’s administration put a ban on embassy’s flying pride flags,“ he wrote. „So as of today, I am now the owner of Hell, Michigan. I bought the whole town. And my first act as owner, I have renamed my town to Gay Hell, MI. The only flags allowed to fly are pride.“

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Wait, how did Elijah buy Hell, Michigan? 

The city, which is part of southern Michigan’s Putnam Township, has been on sale since 2015 and while Elijah did not reveal how much he paid to own the city for the month of June (the original listing price was fittingly $999,666) this is not the first time he has been associated with Hell, Michigan and its 72 residents.  

In 2017, Elijah took part in the town’s mayor-for-a-day program, where you can pay $100 per day and are impeached after 24 hours. During his short stint as mayor, Elijah, 25, forbade all straight people from coming to Hell. His mayorship coincided with Trump’s controversial Muslim ban.  

Along with his pride flag rule, this time around, Elijah has also been bragging about what visitors can do in Gay Hell, Michigan. „Gay Hell, Mi has everything,“ he tweeted. „A library, a place to lock your love in Gay Hell, and even a WEDDING CHAPEL TO GET GAY MARRIED IN HELL!“

Elijah even posted a photo with the town’s real owner, John Colone, writing, „THIS IS JOHN. HE’S THE BEST. THANK YOU FOR TRUSTING ME TO CARRY THE TORCH OF GAY HELL.“ 

Gay Hell, Mi has everything. A library, a place to lock your love in Gay Hell, and even a WEDDING CHAPEL TO GET GAY MARRIED IN HELL!

Elijah has been a gay rights activist for years. 

His purchase of Hell, Michigan is just the latest in a string of stunts Elijah has concocted to spread LGBTQ awareness. He has rapped using the stage name “Lil Phag“ and in 2016 he wrote the erotic novel, „Trump Temptations.“ Three years before that, he petitioned the White House to make Miley Cyrus‘ „Party in the U.S.A.“ the new national anthem. 

Following the Pulse nightclub shooting, Elijah wrote an open letter to LGBTQ youth and opened up about growing up gay in a very religious family.

„It’s so easy to get comfortable and forget how it was to be closeted, to be scared of being you,” Daniel wrote on . „Terrified of people finding out, what they would think, or do.“

He also started the pop group adamandsteve with his fiancé, Dr. Woke. 

Earlier this year, Elijah confirmed that he was engaged to his longtime boyfriend Dr. Woke (also known as Sam F). 

„I just proposed to my boyfriend on the beach in Mexico on crutches with a broken foot and that’s really the most me thing that could ever happen,“ he wrote before jokingly adding, „I’m really f–kin engaged to someone who has Tana [Mongeau]’s name in bold font tattooed on his f–king leg u know what maybe the engagement is off already [sic]. 

The couple met via Tinder and Elijah introduced his followers to his boyfriend in a video aptly titled „Meet My Boyfriend“ in 2018. They joined forces to make music under the name adameandsteve — and we have a feeling Dr. Woke supported Elijah’s decision to buy Hell, Michigan. 

„I have a very young audience, so I’m trying to get them more politically active,“ Elijah told The Washington Post of his latest stunt. 

We can get behind that. Follow Elijah on YouTube here and Instagram here. 

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