Croydon LGBT month


The rainbow civic launch of Croydon’s LGBT month

Posted on February 15th, by Peter Blackburn in Culture. No Comments

A variety of performances kick off Croydon’s diversity celebrations in the presence of the mayor and Croydon Central’s MP

Croydon’s month of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) celebration and awareness opened on Thursday 1st February at 5pm in the Braithwaite Hall, Katharine Street, in the presence of the Mayor of Croydon, councillor Toni Letts.

After short speeches from the mayor and the council leader, the … Read More »



Event review: Rosie Wilby, Nineties Woman, at the Spread Eagle Theatre

Posted on March 9th, by Catherine Pestano in Culture. No Comments

Once a feminist? Catherine Pestano laughs and reflects at Rosie Wilby’s one woman comedy show

Ever come across an old pile of memorabilia that once meant so much to you but now seems so much of its time? At home one Christmas, comedian Rosie Wilby came across some old copies of the feminist newspaper she was involved with as a student, and wondered what became of those … Read More »



Interview: comedian Rosie Wilby on gays, gentrification and getting over unrequited love

Posted on February 25th, by Olivia Garner in Culture. No Comments

Olivia Garner meets Rosie Wilby, Funny Women finalist, Radio 4 regular and Croydon LGBT month star

Hi Rosie! Firstly, to start off, can you tell us a little about your show, Nineties Woman?

Well, it’s a show that I took to the Edinburgh Fringe last summer and it combines a bit of comedy, multimedia and storytelling.

The show was inspired when a couple of years … Read More »



Event review: ‘Tales of Love Lost and Found’ at the Spread Eagle theatre, 7th February 2015

Posted on February 18th, by Catherine Pestano in Culture. No Comments

Catherine Pestano enjoys a life-affirming evening of lesbian love stories as part of Croydon’s LGBT month

Much dyke culture happens north of the river, in central or north east London, so it was a real treat to be able to attend a lesbian cultural event that I could walk to, as part of the programme of Croydon’s LGBT month. I hosted a get-together for the very popular … Read More »



Lives ordinary and extraordinary: the launch of Croydon Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender month, 4th February 2015

Posted on February 6th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

Liz Sheppard-Jones attends the launch party and has an enjoyable, serious time

Croydon’s tenth Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender month was launched with a concert in the Braithwaite Hall, Katharine Street, on Wednesday evening, 4th February. It was hosted – and that really is the word – by Councillor Mark Watson, Croydon’s Cabinet Member for Safety, Justice and Communities, who not only spoke at the start but … Read More »



Film, drama, music and more: a celebration of Croydon’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Month

Posted on February 6th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

As Croydon once again marks LGBT history month, Liz Sheppard-Jones looks at what’s on and explains why it matters so much to her

I recently shared on Facebook a picture of a rainbow. Underneath it is written: I am an ally. I’m not gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. I just share this crazy idea that everyone should have equal rights.

I’ve been an ally since 1989 … Read More »



Young and gay in 1980s Croydon

Posted on February 4th, by Alvin Shivmangal in Culture. No Comments

As Valentine’s Day approaches and hearts and flowers proliferate, Alvin Shivmangal recounts discovering an identity less ordinary

In some ways the 1980s seem very recent to me. It’s painful to recognise that the time since your youth is now measured in decades! But in other ways, looking back, they seem like another world…

Coming out can still be difficult for too many young gay men and … Read More »