CAGS logo on rainbow flagCAGS – Croydon Area Gay Society

For lesbians and gay men in and around Croydon

For contact details, see our "How to join" page

Introducing CAGS

CAGS (Croydon Area Gay Society) is a society for lesbians and gay men in and around Croydon. We have over 100 members.

CAGS garden party

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

Croydon LGBT History Month logoFebruary 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

CAGS History

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...

NewsletterFront page of a recent Newsletter

All CAGS members receive a monthly News­letter with the full social diary, plus articles of interest.


Rainbow Reading Group

Rainbow Reading Group logoThe 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:

  • SLAGO — the Surrey and London Association of Gay Organisations
  • the Consortium of LGBT Voluntary & Community Organisations
  • CHE — The Campaign for Homosexual Equality
  • CVA — Croydon Voluntary Action
  • ILGA — the International Lesbian & Gay Association.
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