Rainbows Across Borders


Rainbows Across Borders LGBT Asylum Seekers Choir leads the way at Croydon’s first PrideFest

Posted on August 26th, by Katie Rose in Politics & Society. No Comments

Katie Rose talks to members of Croydon’s Rainbows Across Borders choir as it prepares to celebrate LGBT identity on Sunday 28th August

Croydon is preparing to celebrate its first PrideFest, to be held in Surrey Street on Sunday 28th August. I visited Rainbows Across Borders, Croydon’s LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) asylum seekers chorus, whose members will be leading the parade along with Wayne Trakas-Lawlor, Croydon’s first … Read More »



CroydoNites Festival event review: Kate O’Donnell’s Big’s Girl’s Blouse, Friday 20th November

Posted on December 4th, by John Lawlor in Culture. No Comments

Stand by your trans. John Lawlor listens to a plea for understanding behind the laughter

The final night of the CroydoNites Festival of New Theatre saw a moving and entertaining cabaret-style performance at Stanley Halls in Norwood. This was a one-woman show with a difference.

Opening with ‘Let me entertain you’, we were introduced to Kate and the theme of the evening: her transgendered life as … Read More »



IDAHOBIT Day Croydon 2015: you’ve come a long way, baby

Posted on May 13th, by Catherine Pestano in Culture. No Comments

Catherine Pestano invites all Croydonians to a celebration of our sexual minorities

International Day Against Homophobia, Bi, Intersex and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT Day) will take place from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday 16th May in the lovely community space at Bernard Weatherill House in Mint Walk, Croydon. The theme is ‘allies show their colours’ and it is for everyone in the community who values … Read More »



Croydon celebrates International Women’s Day

Posted on March 30th, by Catherine Pestano in Culture. 4 comments

Catherine Pestano sings the praises of singing for International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day highlights women’s struggles for equality, and this year had the theme #MakeItHappen. As a feminist, I am a great fan of women-only space but there is also something to be said for collaborating together to celebrate an oppressed section of society, and to embrace the ‘other’ in oneself. With this in mind, … 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 »