CAGS (Croydon Area Gay Society) is a society for
lesbians and gay men in and around Croydon. We have about 100 members.
Our social diary normally contains at least two social events a month, for
instance coffee evenings, wine and cheese parties, music evenings, and
restaurant visits, and once a year our summer garden party. See our Diary Page for coming events.
We have a
very active Tennis Group, playing on Sundays throughout the year.
More about the Tennis Group ...
As well as our social
events, we put on events from time to time for a wider audience, for instance
stalls at Brighton Pride, London Pride, and the Croydon Summer Festival.
For more about these events, see our Past Events
CAGS is run by a Committee elected annually by the members. See our Constitution for more details.
CAGS is taking part in Croydon PrideFest on 28 August 2016.
We plan to take part in the parade and have a presence in the community area in Surrey Street. See
In May 2016 we've once again been
working with the other local LGBT groups to
celebrate IDAHOT the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
for a full list of the local IDAHOT events.
On 17th May Matt Cook, editor of A Gay History of Britain was the speaker
at our open meeting
in the series The Brief Encounter.
February every year is LGBT History Month. For several years CAGS
has been working with other local LGBT organisations to promote a variety of
events throughout the month.
For details and photos of LGBT History Month events in 2016 and previous
years see www.lgbt-croydon.org.uk/lgbthm.
We get coverage from time to time in the local press and the national gay
Our press page has full details, plus links to the
text of our press releases.
And we've also got a page of items that have appeared in the news.
The Society was founded in 1971, as "London Group Seven" of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality (CHE).
CAGS's history is recorded in a chapter of the book Out of the Shadows, by Tony Walton. More about the book ...
It's also covered in Amiable Warriors, Volume One, by Peter Scott-Presland.
More about Amiable Warriors ....
All CAGS members receive a monthly Newsletter with the full social diary,
plus articles of interest.
CAGS is promoting a series of open meetings with interesting and
entertaining speakers, under the name "The Brief Encounter". The events are
free and open to all, and are being held on the first Tuesday of alternate
For the full line-up of past and present speakers, see the Brief Encounter page.
Rainbow Reading Group
The Rainbow Reading Group meets on
the last Thursday of each month, at 2:30pm at Croydon Central Library.
For more information, see the Rainbow Reading Group web
Silver Rainbow is CAGS' service for older gay people in partnership with Age UK Croydon: we currently have a
twice-monthly lunch club for gay and lesbian people over 50, and we're hoping to increase the range of services for older LGBT
people in the Borough.
For more information, see the Silver Rainbow website.
CAGS and the Community
CAGS supports Aurora,
Croydon's LGBT Police Consultation Group, and is a member of:
- SLAGO — the Surrey and London
Association of Gay Organisations
- the Consortium of LGBT
Voluntary & Community Organisations
- CHE — The Campaign for Homosexual
- CVA — Croydon Voluntary
- ILGA — the International Lesbian
& Gay Association.
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For details of other LGBT Groups in Croydon, see LGBT Croydon.
For other LGBT and Croydon links, see our Links