For older lesbians and
gay men in Croydon
13 December 2008
A Croydon social group has been placed in the top five in its category nationwide by readers of a gay magazine. Silver Rainbow was shortlisted in the “Older LGBT Groups” category following readers’ votes in the Pink Paper Readers Awards.
Silver Rainbow has been in operation since February this year. It is affiliated to Croydon Area Gay Society (CAGS), and works in partnership with Age Concern Croydon. Currently Silver Rainbow provides a friendly lunch club for local gay and lesbian people over 50 years old. One of the two monthly events is held at the Waterside Centre, South Norwood (courtesy of UNACC – the Upper Norwood Association for Community Care); the other event is supported by Age Concern Croydon’s “Fit as a Fiddle” healthy eating programme, and has been held at various locations, including the Warehouse Theatre, the Croydon Clocktower Café, and Age Concern’s London Road offices.
The Pink Paper Readers’ Awards have become an annual competition, but this is the first time the “Older LGBT” (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) category has been included. The other shortlisted organisations are:
Ross Burgess, one of the organisers of Silver Rainbow, said “It’s very gratifying to have got this recognition after being in existence for less than a year. Silver Rainbow is clearly making a difference to older gay people’s lives. We look forward to the results of the next stage of voting.”