The Proud2Be Project is set to launch it’s first rural pride event in Totnes, Devon for all local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB&T) people and their friends, family members and supporters.
The event will be held at The Civic Hall in Totnes on Saturday, September 14, 2013 from noon and will include a live panel debate, live music, food and drinks, workshops and stalls for local community organisations and the Devon & Cornwall Police.
Sgt. Ryan Doyle from the Devon Diverse Communities Team, said:
“Devon and Cornwall Police are proud to support Totnes Pride as part of our commitment to the LGB&T communities in the area. We would also like to congratulate Mat and Jon Price and the Totnes Pride team for organising the day and hope that this can be established as a successful annual event”
Founded and directed by identical twin brothers Mat and Jon Price, Proud2Be has already been put forward for a Princes Trust award and a National Diversity award.
Since then a number of high profile figures have come forward and recorded similar messages, including Peter Tatchell, Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans MP, Michael Cashman MEP and Stephen Fry.
Through the project, Mat and Jon will not only host the yearly pride event and run the video campaign but also facilitate social groups and workshops.
Mat and Jon said:
“As gay children growing up in a small rural village we both know how isolating it can feel to be LGB&T identified and have little access to those of the same community.
“We felt it was time to bring Pride into rural areas where LGB&T people are at most risk of feeling isolated and invisible. We are really looking forward to showcasing and celebrating our wonderfully diverse community at Totnes Pride later this year”.