A Charlotte group says "Charlotte Pride," the largest LGBTQ event in the Carolinas, has pushed them out of the city's Gay Pride Parade because they support President Trump.
Brian Talbert told WJZY that he and another gay Republican submitted an application to have a float in this year's parade, but were both denied. "I'm very proud of my country, proud of my president, and was once proud of my community," Talbert said.
Talbert's truck has a Trump-Pence bumper sticker and a "Not a liberal" sign on the back window.
A spokesperson for the organization said in a statement that 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."
The statement continued: "In the past, we have made similar decisions to decline participation from other organizations espousing anti-LGBTQ religious or public policy stances."
We wanted to be there to celebrate gay pride. Everything fell into place except being able to celebrate who I am.
Talbert said he and his friend intended to have fun at Charlotte Pride and to "show that we weren't the racist, bigot, misogynistic."
He said he plans to file a lawsuit against Charlotte Pride for discrimination.
Talbert has launched a "Deplorable Pride" website to raise money for lawyer's fees.
The festival and parade will kick off August 26 and run through August 27.