CAGS (Croydon Area Gay Society) is a society for lesbians and gay men in and around Croydon. We have over 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.
In May 2011 we held our 40th Birthday Party. See our "past events" page for more about past events.
CAGS is run by a Committee elected annually by the members. See our Constitution for more details.
LGBT History Month
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.
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...
All CAGS members receive a monthly Newsletter with the full social diary, plus articles of interest.
Downloads(all PDF files):
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 page.
We campaigned for the passing of the Civil Partnership Act by re-enacting ancient church same-sex union ceremonies.
We have organised letter-writing by our members on various issues affecting gay people, and we are currently working on a number of campaigning issues. More about our campaigns ...
CAGS in the News
We get coverage from time to time in the local press and the national gay press.
Our press page has full details, plus links to the text of our press releases.
CAGS and the Community
CAGS supports Aurora, Croydon's LGBT Police Consultation Group, and is a member of:
During February 2016 we're once again working with the other local LGBT groups to celebrate LGBT History Month. See lgbt-croydon.org.uk/lgbthm2016 for a full list of the local events for the month.
And in May we'll again be joining with other LGBT groups and local churches to commemorate IDAHO, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. See www.lgbt-croydon.org.uk/idaho-2015 for more details of last year's event.
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 months.
For the full line-up of past and present speakers, see the Brief Encounter page.
We have a very active Tennis Group, playing on Sundays throughout the year.
Silver Rainbow is CAGS' service for older gay people: we currently have a twice-monthly lunch club for gay and lesbian people over 50, and we're working with Age Concern Croydon to increase the range of services for older LGBT people in the Borough.
For more information, see the Silver Rainbow website.
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 page.