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Gays for Trump Group Denied Permit to March in Charlotte Pride Parade

Thursday Jun 8, 2017

A group of ardent gay Donald Trump supporters are crying foul. Not because the 45th Commander and Chief neglected to designate June LGBT Pride Month and not because of the rollback in Obama era guidelines for transgender students. Not even for his appointment of several hate group members to key positions in his administration.

The Charlotte, North Carolina chapter of Gays for Trump had their application to march in the city's Pride parade set for late August denied by local Pride organizers.

According to local news station Fox 46, Brian Talbert and a fellow gay Republican, sent in an application to Charlotte Pride so they could have a float in the city's Pride parade this year. In mid May, they received an email from Charlotte Pride informing them that their application to march would not be approved.

"It was going to be fun. We wanted to be energetic," Talbert told the news station. "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 told the news station that he plans to file a lawsuit against Charlotte Pride for discrimination. His group, "Deplorable Pride" is currently raising money for legal fees.

Ironically, the term "deplorable" that so many diehard Trump supporters adopted came from a speech given last year by candidate Hillary Clinton in front of an audience of wealthy LGBT donors. In it, she blasted the anti-LGBT hate group members who aligned themselves with the Trump campaign, calling them "a basket of deplorable."

As for Charlotte Pride, the group issued the a written statement to the Fox affiliate. It reads in part:

"Charlotte Pride refers the right to decline participation at our events to groups or organizations which to 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 exposing anti-LGBT religious or public policy stances."

"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," Talbert said. "They don't extend the same courtesy to me being a gay Republican."

Talbert is supported in his effort by gay conservative group Log Cabin Republicans with the following tweet.


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