LGBT Croydon

Resources and support groups for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans people in the London Borough of Croydon

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LGBT Croydon history - a brief overview

Cover of the book "Out of the Shadows"See Out of the Shadows for the history of gay groups in London (including Croydon) from 1967 to 2000.

See also the "Croydon" page on the LGBT UK History Projects' wiki.


In 1971, London Group Seven of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality (CHE) was founded. It was soon renamed "Croydon CHE Group", and later "CAGS (Croydon Area Gay Society)" under which name it exists to this day.

Croydon Friend

From 1973 to 2001 there was a Croydon branch of Friend, the national counselling and befriending organisation.

Groups for younger people

Croydon Area Gay Youth (CAGY) flourished during the 1980s, and was set up and run by young people themselves. Since then there have been a variety of youth groups, catering for various age ranges, typically run by the Council on behalf of young people.

The Trans Group

Croydon Trans Group was set up in 2000. It continues meeting every month.
More about the history of the Trans Group...

Groups for older people

A group called "Scrapheap" for gay men over 40s, operated in 2005-06.
Silver Rainbow, for the over-50s, was set up in 2008.

Forums and networks

In 1997 the Croydon Lesbian and Gay Forum (later the Croydon LGBT Forum) was set up. It operated until 2006. It was replaced in 2007 by the Croydon LGBT Network, which was formally launched, as Crocus, in 2008, but has since become inactive.

Aurora (Croydon's LGBT Police Consultation Group) was set up in 2003.

This page is to be expanded considerably. Come back later for more!

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