CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - This weekend, thousands will come to Charlotte for the annual LGBTQ Charlotte Pride event. But, one LGBTQ group is planning to protest Sunday's parade.
The group is called Deplorable Pride, an LGBTQ pro-Trump organization. It was denied its application for a float in the parade back in June.
Leader of the group Brian Talbert says he never thought he would be protesting the parade, and that he was part of the very first march more than 20 years ago.
Still, Sunday, he plans to be on the sidelines.
"I'm just going to go and exercise my first amendment right," he says.
Charlotte Pride organizers released a statement, citing the group's "hostile and disparaging stances toward members of the larger LGBT community" and going on to say that Charlotte Pride reserve the right to decline any group.
Talbert says he took the decision personally.
"To see a community I've been there for turn their back on me is heartbreaking," he says.
Talbert's group has several other conservative groups planning to protest alongside it.
"Not necessarily that they believe being gay is right, but they believe in my first amendment rights, and they're coming to protect that," he says.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say they are aware of the protest and plan to allow it in a peaceful environment.