The organisers of Charlotte Pride in North Carolina have turned down an application from a pro-Trump group to take part in their annual parade this August.
The Deplorable Pride organisation say they were rejected for proposing a float that would feature the message, ‘Make America Great Again’, as well as drag queens, flashy props, and dancers who would impersonate Melania and Donald Trump, NBC reports.
Charlotte Pride released a statement explaining why the group was denied from participating in the festivities.
“Charlotte Pride reserves the right to decline participation at our events to groups or organisations which do not reflect the mission, vision and values of our organisation, 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 organisations espousing anti-LGBTQ religious or public policy stances,’ the statement continued.
“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.”
However, Deplorable Pride have hit back, with member Brian Talbert saying the festival is “hypocritical”.
“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.
“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 US president as an American.”
"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. They don't extend the same courtesy to me being a gay Republican."
Talbert is currently raising funds so that he can sue Charlotte Pride for discrimination. He’s created a Kickstarter page and has raised just over $7,000 of his $100,000 goal.