In the name of "tolerance," organizers of the Charlotte Gay Pride parade are excluding gay Trump supporters from participation in the festivities.
"I’m very proud of my country, proud of my president, and was once proud of my community," said Trump supporter Brian Talbert, who sought to register a float in the upcoming parade.
"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 local Fox affiliate reports.
Talbert, a member of "Gays for Trump, which is not affiliated with the "Gays for Trump" based in Greensboro, NC, said he and a fellow gay Trump supporter sent in an application to Charlotte Pride so they could have a float in this year's Charlotte Pride Parade.
"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," he said.
Talbert said Charlotte Pride sent him an email denying his application for a float.
"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 spokesperson for Charlotte Pride issued a statement in response to the Trump supporters' exclusion:
"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.
So that means they are free to discriminate and reject gay Trump supporters for no other reason than their own prejudices. Intellectual and moral consistency really is difficult for the Left to grasp, isn't it?
"I don't judge them for how they vote," said Talbert who said he plans to sue Charlotte Pride for discrimination. "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."
Below is a statement from his group, Gays for Trump: