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Silver Rainbow

For LGBT people
50 and over
in and around Croydon

Silver Rainbow Press Release: Double Celebration for Croydon Gay Group

14 February 2010

Silver Rainbow, Croydon’s lunch club for older gay men and lesbians, celebrated LGBT History Month with a special showing of a new film, and has again been placed in the top five in its category nationwide.

The lunch meeting, at the Waterside Centre, South Norwood, on Thursday the 12th of February, featured the new short film Latecomers, directed by Olivia Humphreys, about gay and transgendered men coming out late in life. Just before the meeting, the news came in that Silver Rainbow has again been shortlisted in the “Older LGBT Groups” category following readers’ votes in the Pink Paper Readers Awards.

Silver Rainbow, which is affiliated to Croydon Area Gay Society, and works in partnership with Age Concern Croydon, provides a friendly lunch club for gay and lesbian people aged 50 and older. 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 held at various locations around the Borough of Croydon.

The Pink Paper, previously a fortnightly magazine, is now an Internet-only publication, but is still promoting its Readers’ Awards. Ross Burgess, who organises the Silver Rainbow lunches, said “We’re delighted to have been shortlisted for the second year running; we now hope all our members will vote for us, as they did last year, to ensure we’re once again in the top three. Silver Rainbow is clearly making a difference to older gay people’s lives.”

Olivia Humphreys, director of Latecomers, is currently working on a Masters degree in Documentary at Goldsmiths, University of London. The film is based on interviews with two older married men, one gay and one transgender, and highlights their very different reactions to their situations.

Oliver Humphreys said “Latecomers is my first film, so I was learning as I went along. Age Concern’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender department were really supportive, which made me even more determined that I was raising an important issue. Coming out is so often thought to be something young people do, but there are all sorts of issues surrounding sexuality in senior years. I want to make viewers see an issue in a different light – but the documentary will tell its own story.”

More details about Silver Rainbow can be found on the website at www.silverrainbow.org.uk. For more details of the Pink Paper Readers’ Awards see www.pinkpaper.com/pp_awards2010.html.

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Silver Rainbow is a service from Croydon Area Gay Society, working in partnership with
Age UK Croydon.

For a list of other LGBT groups and events in Croydon, see LGBT Croydon.