This page will build up into a photographic history of the LGBT groups in Croydon.
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Roger Burg, 1950-201726 Feb 2017
Roger Burg, long-term gay campaigner, died on the 26th of February. Earlier in the month he had been given a special award by the Mayor of Croydon.
The Brief Encounter with Peter Scott-Presland and Andrew Lumsden7 Feb 2017
The writer Peter Scott-Presland and the gay campaigner Andrew Lumsden were the speakers at the last ever Brief Encounter event. The Brief Encounter is being replaced from March onwards by the CAGS Monthly Meeting.
LGBT History Month 2017
For LGBT History Month 2017 there were displays throughout February in Croydon Library.
Trans Day of Remembrance 201619 Nov 2016
The Trans Day of Remembrance is held every year on the 20th of November to remember transgendered people who have been murdered during the previous year. Croydon's ceremony was held on Saturday the 19th in Bernard Weatherill House. There was also a display in Croydon Library for the week leading up to the 19th.
Croydon PrideFest 201628 Aug 2016
The first Croydon Pride for many years was held on the 28th of August, with a parade through the town centre and a festival in Surrey Street.
CAGS / SLAGO Garden Party 201621 Aug 2016
The CAGS / SLAGO Garden Party ("Mardi on the Grass") was once again held in Purley.
Remembering the Orlando massacre13 Jun 2016
The Mayor of Croydon, Cllr Wayne Trakas-Lawlor, raised the rainbow flag to half-mast, in memory of those killed at the Orlando nightclub.
IDAHOT 2016: Prof Matt Cook at The Brief Encounter17 May 2016
On IDAHOT day, 17 May, Professor Matt Cook was the speaker at the CAGS meeting in the "Brief Encounter" series.
IDAHOT 2016 at the Unitarian Church15 May 2016
For IDAHOT 2016 a special service was held at Croydon Unitarian Church, with singing by Rainbows Across Borders and an address by Ross Burgess of CAGS. After the service, many of the congregation were photographed holding the Stonewall "No Bystanders" poster.
IDAHOT 2016 in Centrale14 May 2016
For the week including IDAHOT there was a display in the entrance to the Volunteer Centre in Centrale promoting the Croydon Hate Crime leaflets. On the first day, people were photographed holding the Stonewall "No Bystanders poster.
LGBT History Month 2016 London Hub6 Feb 2016
Ross Burgess from CAGS was speaking on "40 years of making and recording history". Photos by Nicholas Chinadet.
Civic launch for LGBT History Month in Croydon5 Feb 2016
Civic launch in the Braithwaite Hall, Croydon Clocktower.
The Brief Encounter with Rev Art Lester2 Feb 2016
In keeping with the LGBT History Month theme for 2016 of Religion, Belief and Philosophy. The speaker at CAGS' Brief Encounter event was Rev Art Lester of Croydon Unitarian Church.
LGBT History Month 2016 display in Croydon Library
The displays are all on the first floor this year,
London Pride 2014: Silver Rainbow28 Jun 2014
Silver Rainbow members and others at London Pride. Some members walked in the parade with the banner, others rode on the Opening Doors bus.
London Pride 2014: Ranbows Across Borders28 Jun 2014
RAB members took part in the Pride Parade, with a banner and placards.
Some more IDAHO pictures19 May 2014
These were contributed by Phil Purkiss of the Regeneration Project
Friends of Dorothy Society of Bell Ringers17 May 2014
The Friends of Dorothy (LGBT bell ringers and their friends) came to ring in Croydon Minster for IDAHO. Pictures from Catherine Pestano.
Still more photos from the "One Love" event17 May 2014
Thanks to everyone who contributed these photos,
"One Love" event in Croydon for IDAHO 201417 May 2014
Photos by Chris Packham of Reigate: www.digitalspin.co.uk.
More photos from the "One Love" event17 May 2014
These pictures are from Tim Miles of the Croydon Unitarians.
Bulb planting for TDOR 201329 Sep 2013
Members of Aurora and Croydon Trans Group planted bulbs at the Mayfield Playground, Thornton Heath, in anticipation of this year's Trans Day of Remembrance, as a living memorial to those who had died as a result of transphobia.
IDAHO 201318 May 2013
IDAHO (international Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia) was celebrated in Croydon on the following day, Saturday 18th May 2013, with an event in North End, Croydon. There were displays from six local churches and six local LGBT groups. Photos from number 8 onwards are by Chris Packham of Reigate: www.digitalspin.co.uk.
Black History Month 20124 Oct 2012
For Black History Month 2012, CAGS arranged a talk by Ted Brown, veteran black gay activist.
CAGS display at Croydon College7 Sep 2012
CAGS, representing all the Croydon LGBT groups, took part in the 2012 Enrichment Fair at Croydon College
Brighton Pride 20121 Sep 2012
Helen of the Croydon Trans Group at Brighton Pride 2012, wiht the trans flag and a police escort.
Silver Rainbow at London Pride7 Jul 2012
Ross Burgess of Silver Rainbow joined the London Pride parade (in the red section as part of the Older LGBT Community walking group. The second phot show him with Mark Delacour of the LGBT Consortium in Trafalgar Square (note the rainbow flag flying on St Martin in the Fields).
The Brief Encounter: Ivor C Treby5 Jun 2012
Ivor Treby, noted gay poet, read some of his poems, interspersed with stories of his life and how he came to write the poems, at the Brief Encounter event at the Spread Eagle.
IDAHO 201217 May 2012
For IDAHO 2012 CAGS put on an event near Queen Victoria's statute in Katharine Street. CAGS members sent congratulations to the Queen on her Diamond Jubilee, while recalling tha 40 Commonwealth countried still penalise homosexuality. In the evening there was a debate about gay marriage at the Unitarian Church.
The Brief Encounter: Patrick Strudwick3 Apr 2012
Patrick Strudwick, award-winning journalist, political columnist at Gay Times told the meeting how he had exposed therapists and religious groups that claimed to "cure" people of homosexuality. See the CAGS Press Release for more details.
LGBT History Month 2012 Rainbow Reading Group23 Feb 2012
With guest of honour Pat Beech, National Manager of RNIB’s Library Service (the Reading Group has ensured that its books for 2012 are all on the RNIB's LGBT range of talking books).
LGBT History Month 2012 display in Croydon University Hospital20 Feb 2012
The centre panel shows LGBT figures from history: Sappho (Lesbian), Hadrian (Gay), Lord Byron (Bi), and the Chevalier d'Eon (Trans). The side panels feature local LGBT groups.
Lisa Power of Terrence Higgins Trust, speaking at the Spread Eagle7 Feb 2012
Lisa was speaking at a meeting of Croydon Area Gay Society, one of a series of talks called "The Brief Encounter". For more about the talk, see www.cags.org.uk/pressrel-2012-02.htm,
World AIDS Day 20111 Dec 2011
On World AIDS Day 2011, CAGS provided a display in the foyer of Croydon University Hospital
Trans Day of Remembrance 201119 Nov 2011
Trans Dayof Remebrance was commemorated by a display in Croydon Library, and a ceremonly of lighting candles and reading out the names of trans people who had died by violence over the last 12 months.
IDAHO 2011 Outreach in North End17 May 2011
For IDAHO (international Day Against Homophobia) 2011 there was an outreach in North End, Croydon, with the Croydon POP Bus from 3 to 6pm, followed by one minute's silence and balloon release to commemorate those lives lost and the families affected by homophobia, with special guest the Mayor of Croydon, Cllr Avril Slipper.
LGBT History Month 2011: CAGS History Walk27 Feb 2011
Phil led us on a walk round Croydon, visiting some of the places associated with the 40-year history of CAGS.
LGBT History Month 2011: Rainbow Reading Group launch24 Feb 2011
The Rainbow Reading Group was launched by Miss Aileen Cahill, Head of Library Services, with a special guest Issy Festing, author of The Bird Keeper.
LGBT History Month 2011: "Telling Tales" event at Croydon Museum17 Feb 2011
We enjoyed an afternoon of reminiscence in the Museum's activities room.
LGBT History Month 2011: Museum History Trail launch10 Feb 2011
The Museum launched an expanded version of their LGBT Trail.
LGBT History Month 2011: Civic Reception at the Braithwaite Hall, with performance by CYTO2 Feb 2011
History Month 2011 was launched with a civic reception, attended by Cllr Lynne Hale, with a special performance by Croydon Youth Theatre Organisation, and a surprise visit by Sue Sanders, orginator of LGBT History Month in the UK.
History Month 2011: The Justin Campaign display
On the first floor of Croydon Library there was a big display for The Justin Campaign - campaigning against homophobia in football in memory of Justin Fashanu.
LGBT History Month 2011: The Brief Encounter, with Darren Ollerton1 Feb 2011
The regular bi-monthly CAGS meeting at The Brief, George Street, was addressed by Darren Ollerton of The Justin Campaign.
LGBT History Month 2011: History display in Croydon Library
This display, on view in the ground floor of the Central Library throughout the month, included panels for all the main LGBT groups in Croydon, and a centre spread about the CAGS Tennis Group.
Celebration of Roberta Cowell13 Feb 2010
The Croydon Trans Group held a celebration of the life of Roberta Cowell, born at 4 Sydenham Road, Croydon, the first person in the UK to undergo gender reassignment surgery.
Opening of the Library's new LGBT section, History Month 20106 Feb 2010
Photos 1-9 by Michal Jaworski – www.michalj.net - photos 10 and 11 by members of the LGBT community
Wreath laying, LGBT History Month 20106 Feb 2010
The Deputy Mayor laid a wreath at the Croydon War Memorial, outside the Clocktower Centre, in honour of Alan Turing and other LGBT war heroes.
Photos 1-4 and 6-10 by Michal Jaworski – www.michalj.net - photos 5, 11, and 12 by members of the LGBT Community.
CAGS Hustings 20102 Feb 2010
LGBT Hustings in advance of the General Election, with representataives of the main policical parties. (Photos by Davide Berlanda - email@example.com)
Silver Rainbow at the Full of Life event, 200923 Oct 2009
Silver Rainbow exhibited at Croydon Council's "Full of Life" event at the Fairfield Halls.
LGBT 50+ event4 Sep 2009
Silver Rainbow took part in Age Concern's LGBT 50+ Information Fair in Soho in September 2009.
Croydon Summer Festival 2009
CAGS put on a stall for the local LGBT groups at Croydon Summer Festival in Lloyd Park. Torrential rain on the Saturday afternoon meant that some of the deocurations at the top of the stall had to be scrapped on the Sunday!
LGBT History Month 200916 Feb 2009
For 2009 History Month was celebrated with a showing of the film Milk at the David Lean Cinema with a commentary by historian Michael Brown, and a display and civic reception in the Croydon Clocktower foyer.
The Brief encounter: Allan Horsfall and Ray Gosling2 Dec 2008
Our second Brief Encounter event featured Allan Horsfall (founder of CHE, the Campaign for Homosexual Equality) and Ray Gosling, journalist and TV presenter. See also the CAGS press release.
Silver Rainbow contribution to Beacon event17 Nov 2008
Silver Rainbow took part in an event intended to promote Croydon as a Beacon authority for services for older people.
The Brief Encounter with Brian Paddick7 Oct 2008
Our first speaker at The Brief was Brian Paddick, former Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, and LibDem candidate for Mayor of London.
Aurora's fifth birthday6 May 2008
Aurora's fifth birthday was clelbrated by a special "cake", It was on show a couple of weeks later a teh Bird in Hand, where pieces of real cake were handed out.
LGBT History Month 20082 Feb 2008
For History Month 2008 CAGS held an event discussing sworn brotherhood in mediaeval England as documented In Chaucer and traditional ballads, followed by a re-enactment of the ame-sex union ceremonies that were previously celebrated in different parts of Europe.
South Norwood Winter Fair 200717 Nov 2007
CAGS produced a display for the local LGBT groups for this event at the South Norwood Country Park.
Croydon Groups at Brighton Pride 20074 Aug 2007
We again had a stall for all the Croydon Groups at Brighton Pride 2007.
IDAHO 200717 May 2007
The IDAHO theme this year was "making a noise" to bang homophobia out of Croydon.
LGBT History Month 20075 Feb 2007
CAGS hired the Warehouse Theatre in Croydon for a playreading for History Month 2007
Croydon Groups at Brighton Pride 20065 Aug 2006
We had a joint stall for all the Croydon Groups at Brighton Pride 2006.
Celebrating Diversity Day 199913 Mar 1999
CAGS and other local gay and lesbian groups had a stall at this event in the Braithwaite Hall.