Proud2Be CIC is a social enterprise that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning, intersex &/or asexual+ (LGBTQIA+) people, in South Devon and beyond, to lead empowered, fulfilled and authentic lives.
Inspired by their own experiences of bullying, discrimination and shame- gay, non-binary twins Jae & Max Price set up Proud2Be in 2011 when they recorded the first Proud2Be video. Since then several public figures and members of the general public have contributed to the campaign.
Proud2Be facilitates various groups and events, including a social group, craft days, fundraiser discos and Totnes Pride. In 2014 Proud2Be launched its youth project which now includes a youth group, counselling & mentoring and a fortnightly sexual health drop-in.
Proud2Be delivers workshops to school students and awareness training to organisations around the UK. In 2016, the social enterprise was announced as one of 12 organisations in the National Anti-HBT Bullying Alliance, an innovative schools project led by LGBT Consortium and funded by the Government Equalities Office.
Following a successful trial in 2014, Proud2Be launched a campaign to install Europe’s first permanent rainbow crossing in Totnes.
Proud2Be have also named award-winning human rights activist Aderonke Apata, international bestselling author Andrew Solomon, classical musician and activist CN Lester, human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, retired political trans activist Christine Burns MBE, as its patrons.
In 2016, Proud2Be asked its members which words spring to mind when they think about Proud2Be. Here is what they said.
Please CLICK HERE for a list of all Proud2Be’s achievements to date.
RT @UglaStefania: It's important that we respect our history, our fight for equal rights and don't counteract the progress we've made… https://t.co/CxsmgoD3Az
RT @LGBTConsortium: There are just 4 days left to apply for our exciting new post as Sustainable Funding Development Manager! We are lo… https://t.co/5L0Nb3QODd
RT @theFoxFisher: India Willoughby does not speak for all transgender people – and it's damaging to think that she does https://t.co/YEX4xUDm6m
Thank you to everyone who came to the first Proud2Be first social of 2018 last night, it was great to see you all!… twitter.com/i/web/status/95176…
See you from 6.30pm this evening for Proud2Be's 1st social group of 2018! We will be enjoying a clothes swap, soup… twitter.com/i/web/status/95141…