Charlotte Pride has denied a float entry in this summer’s Pride Parade in uptown Charlotte to a group called Gays for Trump.

“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 Charlotte Pride Board of Directors said in a statement Wednesday.

The denial of the Gays for Trump float quickly went viral on conservative websites across the country, including Breitbart News, where the story was “trending.”

“Sadly, it’s really not that surprising,” Conservative Country said of the float denial. “To the left-wing, ‘tolerance’ really means only tolerating people who agree with them on all fronts.”

In a statement, Peter Boykin, president of #GaysforTrump, said he was saddened by and condemns the rejection of anyone “from our movement being condemned from the ‘Gay Community,’ one that preaches so-called diversity.”

He said #DeplorablePride, a faction of Gays for Trump, had been denied participation in the parade and festival.

Brian Talbert, a member of Gays for Trump, which is not affiliated with the Greensboro-based Gays for Trump organization, told Fox 46 that 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, but were denied. Talbert started Deplorable Pride.

“It was going to be fun,” he told the station. “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.

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SOURCE: JOE MARUSAK 
The Charlotte Observer

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