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Pro-Trump Gay Group Denied Permission to Enter Float in Pride Parade

A pro-Trump gay organization in Charlotte has had their application to enter a float in the annual gay pride parade denied by the governing LGBT community.


A pro-Trump LGBT group said their float was recently denied a spot in a gay pride parade scheduled for August in Charlotte, North Carolina.’s float had flashy props, drag queens and an array of colors.

However, there were a few details that stuck out, including Donald Trump’s campaign message “Make America Great Again,” a dancer dressed as Melania Trump, and someone dressed up as Donald Trump to accompany the Melania impersonator. has claimed these details are what organizers did not agree with and what ultimately led to the rejection of their float.

“I’m insulted. It’s a slap in the face. After being deeply involved in the LGBT community for 15 years, I’m angry,” the group’s founder Derek Van Cleve told NBC Out. “The LGBT community is all about acceptance and inclusiveness. Why not include every political party?” received a rejection that read: “This message is to confirm that we have received your application for entry in the 2017 Charlotte Pride Parade. Unfortunately, we are not able to approve your application.”

In a statement provided by the Charlotte Pride board of directors to NBC Out, the group said it “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 statement also claimed that decisions like these have been made before.

“Their response was very vague saying they could reject anyone, anytime they want, especially if they are anti-LGBT. Donald Trump is not anti-LGBT,” said Van Cleve.

Donald Trump has expressed support for gay marriage and he supports non-discrimination based on sexual orientation. He also supports a religious exemption on a variety of issues, including an exemption for businesses to participate in gay marriages. That issue is now before the Supreme Court. But even if he loses, the president’s beliefs are well within the mainstream of American politics.

It is the LGBT community whose beliefs and positions on issues are more often than not, outside the mainstream of American politics. But they say they believe in “diversity” — their flag is a representation of a rainbow, after all.

Methinks that rainbow in Charlotte is missing a few colors.

The LGBT community has refused to acknowledge that there are gay conservatives who support conservative positions on a wide variety of economic and social issues, but also happen to be gay.

This is not a “human rights” issue. This is a question of politics — liberal politics to be precise. The intolerance of liberals for opposing points of view makes a mockery of their calls for “acceptance” and “diversity” when it comes to the LGBT community.