The organizers of Charlotte Pride, which will take place in August, recently denied the request of a group called Gays for Trump to march in their parade. Peter Boykin, the president of Gays for Trump, said in a statement that he condemns “the rejection of anyone from our movement being condemned from the “Gay Community” one that so called preaches diversity.”
This is not to say that Pride is meant to be comfortable, or that differences of opinion are unacceptable at Pride events. The LGBTQ+ community has seen its fair share of debate and in-fighting (see: the use of the term "queer," the place of allies in safe spaces, the discourse surrounding bisexuality, pansexuality and asexuality, the representation of LGBTQ+ identities in the media, the impact of race, class, age and creed on those identities, the often painfully-felt disconnect between cis and trans people). It's not always cohesive or monolithic, nor should it be.
But Pride is political. It’s easy to forget this now, as corporations that less than a decade ago donated to homophobic and transphobic politicians line up to fill booths at pride events and the same police that have victimized queer people line up on the sides of parades.
Pride parades began as a tribute to the Stonewall Riots — an uprising of transgender women and drag queens of color taking a stand against a legal system that considered their identities and existence a crime.