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Proud2Be shortlisted for National Diversity Award

Besi Besemar July 7, 2017

Proud2Be the Devon-based Social Enterprise has been shortlisted for the LGBT+ Community Organisation Award at The National Diversity Awards 2017.

Charities and role models from across the UK will gather at the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool on September 8, 2017 for the UK’s largest celebration of diversity.

The best of British diversity will travel to Liverpool to showcase the outstanding achievements of those who have demonstrated their devotion to enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion in today’s society.

Over 22,000 nominations and votes were received this year, paying tribute to the work of grass root community groups nationwide.

This news, marks six years since gay identical twins, Jon and Mat Price, founded Proud2Be by recording this short video.

Since then several high-profile LGBT+ figures have contributed to their international campaign including Stephen Fry.

As well as running the campaign, Proud2Be delivers awareness training and facilitates various groups and events throughout the year, including a social group, craft days, a youth group and a popular annual rural pride event.

This year, Totnes Pride will be held on Saturday, September 2 with a special guest appearance from Proud2Be patron, activist and singer-songwriter CN Lester.

CN said: “Totnes Pride 2015 was…inclusive, intersectional, challenging, supportive and genuinely welcoming. Long may they continue.”


Earlier this year Proud2Be received support in principle from the County Council’s Highways and Traffic Orders Committee for their proposal to install Europe’s first permanent rainbow crossing in Totnes. The group is currently raising funds for the campaign.

To make a donation towards the Rainbow Crossing Campaign, click here:

Co-founder Mat said: “Proud2Be wouldn’t be where it is today, without the support, passion and energy of its volunteers, members and supporters. Jon and I would like to say a huge thank you to all who voted for Proud2Be and all who continue to support its mission. It has been an absolute privilege to share the last 6 years with you – here is to the next 6!”

Designed to highlight the country’s most inspirational and selfless people, the NDA’s are supported by the likes of Stephen Fry, Adam Hills and Sir Lenny Henry amongst many.

Graham Norton
Graham Norton

TV Presenter Graham Norton, said: “Promoting and celebrating diversity is close to my heart which is why I am thrilled to support The National Diversity Awards! I want to wish all of this year’s shortlisted nominees the best of luck for the ceremony, you all deserve to win!’’

Previous winners include Huddersfield based Disability Theatre Group Shabang!, Freedom Fighting Refugee Aderonke Apata, and Transgender Support Charity Mermaids.

Paul Sesay
Paul Sesay

Paul Sesay, Founder and CEO of The National Diversity Awards, added: “I am so proud to be able to witness the journeys of some of the most inspiring role models this country has to offer. Each year I am overwhelmed with the quality and quantity of nominations, and those shortlisted should know how privileged I am to share your stories with the nation. You are all winners and I can’t wait to meet you at the ceremony.”

To view a full list of nominees, click here:

For more information about Proud2Be, click here:

Totnes Pride
Totnes Pride