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Hell, Michigan Renamed Gay Hell and Makes National News

19 June 2019

That's the message from comedian and internet personality Elijah Daniel, who "bought" the small, unincorporated community of Hell, Michigan and renamed it in protest of President Donald Trump this week.

In 2017, Daniel was also Mayor of Hell and banned heterosexual people in the town as a stunt.

He shared a picture of himself posing next to the town sign bearing the new name.

"My first act as owner, I have renamed my town to Gay Hell, MI", he continued. "The only flags allowed to fly are pride".

Daniel told NBC News that his flag rule is a joke, and there will not be a ban on other flags. Daniel says the new purchase is, "Getting my audience involved in politics by doing it in a amusing way".

"Gay Hell" is located 15 miles northwest of Ann Arbor with a population of 70, as NBC News notes.

Daniel owns Hell, Michigan for 72 hours, according to town officials. He also grew up "very religious" and was told a lot if you're gay you go to Hell, Daniel said.

So Daniel figured that Gay Hell would be flawless in a rural, religious area.

"Ahead of Pride Month, Trump's administration put a ban on embassy's flying pride flags", Daniel explained via Twitter on Monday.

"A ban? Ummm.no. They simply said the American embassy should fly the flag of our country", talk show host Joe Pagliarulo tweeted.

"When it comes to the American flagpole, and American embassies, and capitals around the world, one American flag flies", Pence said last week.

Daniel, 25, a California resident, has declined to disclose how much he paid for Gay Hell.

The Detroit Free Press reported that the town of Hell was on the market for $900,000 in 2016. He says he hopes to do an annual festival to welcome more people to Gay Hell.

Hell, Michigan Renamed Gay Hell and Makes National News