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Press Release: Distinguished speakers to address gay events in Croydon

2 September 2008

Croydon Area Gay Society (CAGS) is starting a series of open meetings for the local lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

On the 7th of October, Brian Paddick, once the highest ranking out gay officer in the country, and more recently a candidate for Mayor of London, will give a light-hearted view of his life and experiences.

On the 2nd of December the speakers will be Allan Horsfall and Ray Gosling. Ray Gosling is a well-known radio and television journalist, and Allan Horsfall was one of the founders of the group that became the Campaign for Homosexual Equality (CHE). Both have been campaigning for gay rights for well over 40 years, and continue their work on behalf of gay people to this day.

On the 3rd of February 2008, Angela Mason OBE, once a radical campaigner and lesbian mother, later head of the Stonewall gay lobbying group, and currently a national government advisor on diversity and equality, will talk from her experience both inside and outside the establishment.

The meetings (under the title “the Brief Encounter”) are free and open to all. They are being held at 8 pm on the first Tuesday of alternate months, at the “Brief” public house, 48 George Street, Croydon.

David Page, Chair of CAGS, said “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to secure such distinguished and entertaining speakers. Future ‘Brief Encounter’ events will continue to entertain and inform LGBT people in and around Croydon.”

For further details, and future speakers in this series when announced, see For more about CAGS in general, see the website at


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