Sanderstead's gay rights campaigner Peter Wells was 26, his partner was 18. Because this was 1974 when the gay age of consent was 21, he was sentenced to two and a half years in jail. Scandal engulfed his partner, too. From his cell, Wells launched the first European Court of Human Rights challenge to the discrimination in the different ages of consent. The case was pioneering stuff, needing several more cases building on his work to finally get success in the late 1990s..He played a key role in creating a path to legal equality for LGBT people, yet his story is almost unknown.
Throughout February, an exhibition detailing the work of Croydon's various LGBT groups will be on display on the first floor of Croydon Central Library. The library will also be staging an exhibition of the work of LGBT Photographer Tom Dingley, either in the library itself, or in the foyer.
QueerBee brings authentic queer stories, by queer filmmakers, directly to audiences. Get ready to launch into LGBT History Month with this programme of shorts exploring issues around faith. Throughout our lives we discover there are special religious paradoxes reserved for LGBTIQ people with impacts as varied as the individuals who carry their faith and those who encounter them. Tickets are £8.50 (Concessions £7.00) pay on the door early. Opens at 7:15 pm, for 7;45 start.
7.00 for 7.30pm Talk by a representative of Inclusive Church. 3F is the central London group of OneBodyOneFaith (the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement).
7.00 for 7.30pm Jean Genet: Do we really understand him? SLG member John Carter reviews the life and work of this gay French social outcast and thief turned novelist and playwright. 3F is the central London group of OneBodyOneFaith (the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement).
Representatives of the various SLAGO groups will discuss the programme for the months ahead.