LGBT History Month
February every year is LGBT History Month around the UK.
LGBT History Month has been celebrated in Croydon since 2006.
Click on any of the underlined headings below for more information about LGBT History Month in a particular year, with photos.
LGBT History Month 2017
Events for LGBT History Month 2017 are still at the planning stage. There will probably once again be displays in Croydon Central Library, The national LGBT History Month theme for 2016 is Citizenship and the Law.
LGBT History Month 2016
For 2016 a full series of events is once again being planned for LGBT History Month in Croydon. There will again be displays in Croydon Central Library, The national LGBT History Month theme for 2016 is Religion, Belief and Philosophy.
LGBT History Month 2015
For 2015 a full series of events is once again being planned for LGBT History Month in Croydon. There will again be displays in Croydon Central Library,
LGBT History Month 2014
For 2014 a full series of events is once again being planned for LGBT History Month in Croydon. There will again be displays in Croydon Central Library (including this year's theme of Music),
LGBT History Month 2013
Once again a full programme of events is being planned for LGBT History Month, February 2013. There will again be displays in Croydon Central Library (including this year's theme of science),
LGBT History Month 2012
For 2012 there were displays all month in Croydon Library, and a one-day display at Croydon University Hospital. The Rainbow Reading Group had a special visit from Pat Beech of the RNIB, Lisa Power spoke at the Spread Eagle, the civic reception was held in the Council Chamber, and the first Croydon LGBT Conference was held.
LGBT History Month 2011
Croydon hosted a full series of events throughout February for LGBT History Month 2011. The national theme this year was "sport".
Other events during the month (no pictures yet) included a question and answer session with the Borough Police Commander, a quiz night, a film festival in the David Lean Cinema, a Trans Group meeting, and events for different age groups, while several of us visited History Month events in the London Borough of Merton.
LGBT History Month 2010
Highlights of LGBT History Month 2010 included a reception in the Croydon Clocktower, a week-long exhibition in the Clocktower Court, opening of the expanded LGBT section of Croydon Library by the Deputy Mayor, wreath-laying in honour of Alan Turing and other LGBT war heroes, and a special celebration of Croydon-born Roberta Cowell, the first person in the UK to have male-to-female gender reassignment surgery.
LGBT History Month 2009
In February 2009 there was a special screening at the David Lean Cinema of the film Milk (introduced by the historian Michael Brown and followed by a discussion), a reception in Croydon Clocktower, and an exhibition (extended to a week) in the Clocktower Court.
LGBT History Month 2008
For 2008 there was a celebration in Croydon Parish Church Hall of same-sex relationships in English History, covering "sworn brotherhood" in Chaucer and traditional ballads, with a re-enactment of the church ceremonies that were used at one time to celbrate same-sex partnerships in various parts of Europe.
LGBT History Month 2007
For 2007 there was a play-reading at the Warehouse Theatre, Croydon, including Rid England of this Plague, from the book of the same name by Rex Batten (introduced by the author) and extracts from Beautiful Thing.
LGBT History Month 2006
In 2006 there were no local events for LGBT History Month, but several CAGS members attended events in London, including a study day at the Museum of London and a walking tour of lesbian and gay Soho.