Members of the group Gays for Trump are angry that their float was denied at Charlotte, North Carolina Pride.
The group, called DeplorablePride (a separate organization from GaysForTrump.org, also located in North Carolina) applied to participate at Charlotte Pride, but got an email after submitting their application saying they were denied. According to the group, no explanation was given.
Brian Talbert of the group, says
“For a group of people to claim to want tolerance, acceptance, and give it to every single person you can imagine to give it to, for them to sit back and judge me for exercising my right as an American to choose my leader without judgment is hypocritical.
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.“
A spokesperson for Charlotte Pride said in a 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.“
Talbert says they will file a lawsuit against the organizers of Charlotte Pride for discrimination,
“I don’t judge them for how they vote. I believe men and women died to give us that right to choose our own leader. They don’t extend the same courtesy to me being a gay Republican.“
Talbert launched the site deplorablepride.org to speak up about this and help raise money for his legal fees. Ken Kaiser, a commenter on Talbert’s GoFundMe page said,
“Don’t feel a bit sorry for you. I would never support someone that believes hate is acceptable. Your Vote for Rump makes a statement that hate is acceptable as long as they are not targeting me. Just as Charlotte Pride is making a statement. Voting for someone that advocates hate has consequences.“
What he said. Do you think they should be allowed to march in the parade. Is it discrimination to deny them that right?
(via Gay Star News)