Plymouth, England Finds Its Mojo

Author: , May 26th, 2016

Plymouth

The dreamily scenic train journey from Exeter St Davids to Plymouth is ingrained in my memory. It’s the kind of train journey that makes you to say ‘I love taking the train!’ for years after, even when you don’t really.

When I was a university student in Exeter, I used to travel to nearby Plymouth for nights out – but it was always more about the journey rather than the destination. The route traverses Devon’s rolling hills and the edge of its jagged coastline; a trip somehow even more beautiful in the rain.

I recently returned to Plymouth for a weekend, for the first time in years. For once, it was more about the destination than the journey. I was interested to see to what extent the city – with a population of almost 260,000, the biggest in Devon – met with prior impressions.

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Totnes, Rural UK Town, to Get Rainbow Crossing

Author: , August 27th, 2014

Totnes Crosswalk FundraisingThe rural Devon town of Totnes is to get its very own rainbow crossing, to celebrate next month’s Pride festival. The special rainbow crossings have become a popular part of recent Pride celebrations, with crossings unveiled in both Brighton and London earlier this year.

However, the planned temporary liquid chalk crossing – which will be unveiled in Totnes next to the Church Square on September 1 – will be a first for a rural community.

Totnes Pride said: “We have been inspired to create our own rainbow crossing by cities like London and Brighton who have created their own temporary rainbow crossings during the week of their pride events. “It will be the first of its kind for a rural town.”

By Nick Duffy – Full Story at Pink News | Devonshire Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Devonshire, England: Gay Twins Start Rural Gay Pride Event

Author: , April 18th, 2013

Gay Totnes, Devonshire TwinsGay twins growing up in rural Devonshire, England took it upon themselves to start their own Gay Pride celebration. Gay Star News reports:

Two gay identical twin brothers are to host a pride event in their home town this September. Jon and Mat Price grew up in Totnes, Devon, south-west England, and have since founded the Proud2Be Project… The project has invited everyone to attend the town’s first pride event, whether lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or a friend, family member or supporter. Police Sergeant Ryan Doyle from the Devon Diverse Communities Team said: ‘Devon police are proud to support Totnes pride as part of our commitment to the LGBT communities in the area.

When I was 20, you had SF Pride, NYC Pride, and a few others – now even small, rural villages are getting into the act. It’s amazing. 🙂

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