Members of the expanding umbrella group ‘Gays for Trump’ are upset that their float was denied at Charlotte, North Carolina Pride.
The group 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, organizer of DeplorablePride, believes this decision to be hypocritical.
‘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,’ he said.
‘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.’
‘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,’ a spokesperson for Charlotte Pride said in a statement.
‘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 is planning to 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,’ he stated.
Talbert launched the site deplorablepride.org to speak up about this and help raise money for his legal fees.
At the time of this publication, Talbert was able to raise about $7,000 of his $100,000 goal.
‘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,’ said Ken Kaiser, a commenter on Talbert’s GoFundMe page.
Other commenters questioned where, exactly, the money would be going to.
The Gays for Trump Twitter account released the following statement:
Peter Boykin, president of GaysForTrump.org, is sympathetic to the organizers of DeplorablePride, though he cannot speak for them directly. ‘To have an organization like Charlotte Pride deny any gay organization… I’m saddened that they would deny DeplorablePride so fast,’ he tells GSN.
He believes the statement released by Charlotte Pride implies that DeplorablePride is anti-LGBTI, when it’s made up of gay men.
‘The gay community needs more balance,’ he says.
Boykin plans to apply for a booth at Durham, NC’s Pride.
GSN has reached out to DeplorablePride for comment.