Proud2Be CIC is a social enterprise that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning, intersex and/or asexual+ (LGBTQIA+) people and their families, in South Devon and beyond, to lead empowered, fulfilled and authentic lives.
Inspired by their own experiences of bullying, discrimination and shame- identical twins Jae & Max Price set up Proud2Be in 2011 when they recorded the first Proud2Be video. Since then various public figures and members of the public have contributed to the campaign.
Proud2Be facilitates a number of groups and events, including a social group, activity days, fundraiser discos and Totnes Pride. In 2014, Proud2Be launched its youth project which now includes a youth group and 1:1 support.
Proud2Be delivers workshops to students and awareness training to organisations around the UK. In 2016, the social enterprise was announced as 1 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.
In 2017, Proud2Be was announced as one of the partners of the Devon Engagement Service led by Living Options Devon.
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.
Please CLICK HERE for a list of all Proud2Be’s achievements to date.
Proud2Be asked its members which words spring to mind when they think about Proud2Be. Here is what they said: