IDAHO was celebrated in Croydon on Saturday 17th May 2014, from 11am to 2pm in the pedestrian area of North End. It was a bigger and better version of last year's event, under the title "One Love", with stalls for eight churches and eight LGBT organisations, plus music. The stalls were colour coded blue for churches and yellow /rainbow for LGBT groups. Above each pair of stalls was a banner, held up by helium balloons, with the name of a church on one side and an LGBT organisation on the other. Additional banners were hung on six posts around the area.
For the list of organisations taking part and links to their websites, see the One Love page on this website.
Music was provided by Rainbow Singers Across Borders and the Endurance Steel Orchestra, and the Friends of Dorothy Society of Bell Ringers (FODS) rang a quarter peal at Croydon Minster.
See also the CAGS press releases:
- Churches and LGBT groups to come together against homophobia (1 May)
- One Love celebration in Croydon (14 May)
- Croydon Churches embrace gays (17 May)
The event received coverage in the Croydon Guardian, Croydon Advertiser, Ringing World, The Croydon Citizen, Instinct Magazine, Pink News, The Advocate and the San Diego Gay and Lesbian News. And the event now has its own article on the UK LGBT History Project's online encyclopaedia: www.lgbthistoryuk.org/wiki/index.php?title=One_Love_%28Croydon%29
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"One Love" event in Croydon for IDAHO 2014
Photos by Chris Packham of Reigate: www.digitalspin.co.uk.
Friends of Dorothy Society of Bell Ringers
The Friends of Dorothy (LGBT bell ringers and their friends) came to ring in Croydon Minster for IDAHO. Pictures from Catherine Pestano.