Charlotte Pride organizers declined a request to allow Republican LGBT group Deplorable Pride a “Gays For Trump” float in their 2017 parade. This decision caused roughly a dozen LGBTQ Trump supporters to protest alongside the annual parade on Sunday.
“Come and show your support for your fellow Trump supporters who are LGBT and are being persecuted by their own gay community,” Deplorable Pride posted on its site. “Please help us show that intolerance is not acceptable.”
Their website continues: “We will have items for you to make signs or you can bring your own. This will be a non-confrontational peaceful demonstration showing that you stand with your fellow Trump supporters. The Charlotte Pride event in Charlotte is expected to draw 120,000 people in attendance. Please help us show that intolerance is not acceptable.”
Both Fox 46 and the Charlotte Observer estimated there to be a dozen protestors at the Deplorable Pride counter protest. It’s possibly it was baker’s dozen, however, bringing the number up to an astonishing 13.
“Banning voices is un-American,” one poster in the group read.
“Charlotte Pride claims to be inclusive but they are excluding us because of our political beliefs,” one protestor told Fox 46.
“In the past, we have made similar decisions to decline participation from other organizations espousing anti-LGBTQ religious or public policy stances,” said a Charlotte Pride spokesperson in a statement. “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.”
The 2017 Charlotte Pride parade set a record as the city’s largest annual parade. Nearly 5,000 people registered to march, representing everything from Charlotte’s biggest banks to its gay bars and some of its churches. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police estimated approximately 130,000 people came out to the two-day LGBT festival and parade over the weekend.