A group of gay Trump supporters claim that "Charlotte Pride" is pushing them out of their gay parade based on their support of Trump.
"I’m very proud of my country, proud of my president, and was once proud of my community," said Brian Talbert, who is a very proud, gay Trump supporter. In fact his truck has stickers on the back window that read "Trump-Pence" and "Not a liberal."
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Gay Trump Supporters Denied Entry to Gay Parade
Per Fox 5 NY:
"I’m very proud of my vote. I don't regret my vote. I will vote for Donald Trump again. I'm proud of my president. I don't think I should be vilified because I’m proud of a U.S. president as an American."
Talbert said he and a fellow gay Trump supporter sent in an application to Charlotte Pride so they could have a float in this year's Charlotte Pride Parade.
"It was going to be fun. We wanted to be energetic. We wanted to show that we weren't the racist, bigot, misogynistic…We wanted to show that we are Americans, love our country and our president. We wanted to be there to celebrate gay pride. Everything fell into place except being able to celebrate who I am," he said.
Talbert said Charlotte Pride sent him an email denying his application for a float.
A spokesperson for the organization said in written statement, "Charlotte Pride reserves the right to decline participation at our events to groups or organizations which do not reflect the mission, vision and values of our organization, as is acknowledged in our parade rules and regulations by all groups at the time of their parade application. In the past, we have made similar decisions to decline participation from other organizations espousing anti-LGBTQ religious or public policy stances.
Charlotte Pride envisions a world in which LGBTQ people are affirmed, respected and included in the full social and civic life of their local communities, free from fear of any discrimination, rejection, and prejudice.
Charlotte Pride invites all individuals, groups, organizations and causes which share our values to join our community's celebration of the LGBTQ community, history, arts and culture during the Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade, Aug. 26-27, 2017.”
Talbert was sure to maintain that he does not judge others for how they vote. He also noted that it's important to remember that men and women died to give people the right to choose their leader. It's very clear that Charlotte Pride does not feel the same way.Here is the email they responded with.
Talbert is not done. He plays to file a lawsuit for discrimination. He has a website called "Deplorable Pride" where he is raising money to pay for the lawyer fees.