Brian Talbert is a gay man who is a proud Trump Supporter. He and his counterparts are now the target of some rejection after he applied to be in the “Charlotte Pride” Parade because of his political leanings.
Talbert sports a Trump-Pence bumper sticker on his car as well as a ‘Not a liberal’ message on the back window of his truck. When asked about his political leanings, he is very vocal about his strong support for President Donald Trump.
“I am very proud of my vote,” Talbert says, “I don’t regret my vote. I will vote for Donald Trump again.”
As a man who is “proud of a U.S. president as an American” it comes off as a little bit of a shock that the Charlotte Pride Parade, an even that claims “to want tolerance, acceptance, and give it to every single person you can imagine to give it to” rejected his request to enter a float in their parade.
“Gays for Trump” is an organization where Talbert and other like minded individuals engage in as “Americans” who “love our country and our president,” but that apparently goes against what Charlotte Pride stands for.
Terrible that these hypocrites get to be in charge of an organization that claims they include “all individuals, groups and organizations,” but seem to deny entry to those who have pride in their own government.
“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 the organization said in written 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.”