CAGS (Croydon Area Gay Society) is a society for
lesbians and gay men in and around Croydon. We have about 100 members.
Like all other social organistions, our activities are currently much
curtailed by Covid-19 restrictions. But in normal tmes our social diary would contain at least two social events a month, for
instance coffee evenings, wine and cheese parties, music evenings, and
restaurant visits, and our summer garden parties. 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 took part in Croydon PrideFest on
13 July 2019.
We carried our banner in the parade and had a presence in the community area in
Wandle Park. See
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 past LGBT History Month events 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.
Regular monthly meetings
CAGS promotes a series of open meetings with interesting and
entertaining speakers at the Spread Eagle. The events are
free and open to all, and are held on the third Tuesday of each months
For a line-up of some past speakers, see http://www.lgbt-croydon.org.uk/?q=brief-details..
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.
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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For details of other LGBT Groups in Croydon, see LGBT Croydon.
For other LGBT and Croydon links, see our Links