Proud2Be CIC is a social enterprise that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning, intersex &/or asexual+ (LGBTQIA+) people, in Devon and beyond.
Proud2Be began in June 2011, when founders, Jon & Mat Price, recorded a short video explaining why they are both “proud to be gay”.
Since then a number of public figures have contributed to the Proud2Be Campaign, including Christine Burns MBE, Andrew Solomon, Stephen Fry, Peter Tatchell, Sarah Waters and Michael Cashman CBE, along with members of the general public. The official Proud2Be YouTube channel currently hosting the campaign has just under 200,000 views.
Proud2Be holds a number of groups and events in South Devon including a social group, craft days, fundraiser discos and Totnes Pride. The planning and delivery of these events are supported by a volunteer base of 50 and rising.
Following a successful trial in 2014, Proud2Be launched a campaign to gain approval to install a permanent rainbow crossing in Totnes, to celebrate diversity and raise awareness about the issues still faced by the LGBTQIA+ community. If approved, this will be the first of its kind in Europe.
Proud2Be facilitate anti-bullying workshops in schools and colleges and deliver LGBTQIA+ awareness workshops and Equality and Diversity training to professionals. In 2016 Proud2Be were announced as one of 12 organisations in the National Anti-HBT Bullying Alliance. The alliance will deliver an innovative school’s project over the next 2 and a half years and will be led by LGBT Consortium and funded by the Government Equalities Office.
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.
Please CLICK HERE for a list of all our achievements to date.
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