Co-founder of Devon-based social enterprise Proud2Be, has recently come out as a trans woman, in a heartfelt blog post, shared on the Proud2Be website.
The news comes 7 years since Jae and her identical twin Max founded the organisation by recording a short video, explaining how they are both proud to be part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or trans+ (LGBT+) community. Since then several high-profile figures have contributed to the campaign including Stephen Fry.
As well as running the campaign, Proud2Be facilitates various groups and events throughout the year, including Totnes Pride. They also deliver awareness training & provide a variety of volunteer opportunities and are currently campaigning to install Europe’s first permanent rainbow crossing in Totnes.
Co-founder Jae said: “I want to say a massive thank you to everyone involved with Proud2Be for the support I have received since coming out as trans. I recognise that I am in a very privileged position to be in a job that I know is secure and to be surrounded by people who care for me and are excited as I continue to live authentically. I am fully aware that not all trans people experience this level of support and as Proud2Be moves into its 8th year, I am reminded how important it is to continue creating safe spaces where all LGBT+ people are embraced.”
To celebrate, Proud2Be are hosting a disco fundraiser. The disco will be held on Saturday 23rd June 2018, 8pm-midnight at The Barrel House in Totnes, with DJ sets from Madame Souza and Rhi Rhythm. Tickets are £7 and are available on the door. The event is open to everyone (16 and over).
Co-founder Max said: “I am so proud of Jae and am extremely thankful to all the people who continue to support both of us. Proud2Be wouldn’t be where it is today, without the passion and energy of its volunteers, members and supporters. The disco is a great way for the whole community to come together to celebrate. It has been a privilege to share the last 7 years with you- here is to the next 7!”
To find out more about Proud2Be please visit proud2be.co.uk