Other public events
Croydon's LGBT groups organise a large number of events during the year, many of them private to their members and supporters. This page highlights a number of events (alongside IDAHO and LGBT History Month) that have been aimed at a wider audience.
Click on any of the underlined headings below for more information about the events, with photos.
October is Black History Month in the UK.
During October 2013 Rainbows Across Borders promoted an exhibition in Croydon Library commemorating the achievements of Black LGBT people, and the problems that LGBT people face in many Commonwealth countries.
For Black History Month 2012, CAGS has arranged for Ted Brown, veteran black gay activist, to speak on 2nd October. For details of the event see www.lgbt-croydon.org.uk/TedBrown. See also the CAGS press releases at www.cags.org.uk/pressrel-2012-06.html and www.cags.org.uk/pressrel-2012-07.htm.
Croydon Area Gay Society (CAGS) organised a number of events in Croydon during October 2010 to celebrate the lives of Black LGBT people, as part of Croydon Council's “Croydon Celebrates Black History” programme.
Croydon people have been attending Brighton Pride every August for a number of years.
There were Croydon stalls (representing the various Croydon groups) in 2006 and 2007, and some of us marched in costume in 2009.
Croydon Council hosted a "Celebrating Diversity" day with an exhibition in the Braithwaite Hall on 13 march 1999. The LGBT stall featured several local groups, including CAGS, Croydon Friend, Palace Pinks and the Croydon Lesbian and Gay Forum.
Crocus (Croydon's LGBT Network) was launched at a civic reception in 2008.
Several local LGBT groups took part in Croydon Heritage Festival in 2105, with a stall in North End.
Croydon PrideFest was celebrated on 28 August 2016 with a parade through Croydon Town Centre, and a festival with entertainment and stalls in Surrey Street.
In 2009 there was an LGBT stall at the two-day Croydon Summer Festival in Lloyd Park.
Croydon people have been taking part in London Pride every July for many years, sometimes as individuals, sometimes in groups. CAGS took part in the parade, with banner, in 1996 and 1997. In 2006 and 2007 Roger carried a one-person banner. In 2009 there was a Croydon stall at Pride. In 2012 Ross carried the Silver Rainbow banner. In 2013 Roger carried the banner. In 2014 Ross and others carried the banner.
Silver Rainbow has participated in a number of events celebrating the older LGBT community.
There was an LGBT stall at the South Norwood Winter Fair, in November 2007.
The Brief Encounter is CAGS's series of open meetings, held every two months. The meetings were originally held at The Brief in George Street, Croydon, hence the name, but have been held at other venues since The Brief unexpectedly closed down.
Trans Day of Remembrance is held in November every year, commemmorating Trans people who have died as a result of transphobic violence.
Croydon Trans Group held a special commemoration in 2011.
World AIDS Day is held on the 1st of December every year. In 2011 LGBT groups provided a stall in the foyer of Croydon University Hospital.