Totnes hosting first gay pride festival for town

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Image caption Proud2Be said Totnes Pride was thought to be the largest such event held in a rural UK town

A Devon town is holding its first gay pride festival.

Proud2Be, which is organising Totnes Pride, said the festival would bring members of south Devon's lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) community together.

Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell is due to be the guest of honour.

Proud2Be said events during the festival would include a panel debate, workshops, talks and a party in the evening at the South Devon Arts Centre.

The organisation said it was believed to be the largest such event held in a rural UK town.

As well as Mr Tatchell, visiting speakers will include education specialist Elly Barnes, who topped The Independent on Sunday newspaper's Pink List 2011 - the rundown of the 250 most influential people in the LGBT community.

Totnes-based Proud2Be was launched two years by gay identical twin brothers Mat and Jon Price.

The organisation holds monthly get-togethers and other events across Totnes.

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