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Charlotte Pride denies gay Trump supporter's float into parade

Gay Republican says he was denied request for float entry.
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charlottepride.org

A group of LGBT Republicans and Trump supporters say they have been barred from entering a float in the Charlotte Pride parade because of their political affiliation.

"I’m very proud of my country, proud of my president, and was once proud of my community," said Brian Talbert to Fox News.

Talbert has a pro Trump-Pence sticker on his truck along with a sticker that says “Not a Liberal.”

"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."

The conservative says he and another Trump supporter applied to be a contingent in the Pride parade but their application was denied.

"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," Talbert said. 

 The message came from Charlotte Pride in the form of an email.  

"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," Talbert said. 

A Charlotte Pride spokesperson responded to the news 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.  

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 believes there is a double-standard.

 "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."

The Republican is not going to take the denial lightly and has said he will file a lawsuit against Charlotte’s Pride organization. He is  currently raising money for lawyer’s fees.