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SLAGO — The Surrey and London Association of Gay Organisations

Please note, as of August 2021, SLAGO has closed down. This website is being maintained for a short time as a matter of record.

What is SLAGO?

SLAGO is an umbrella group covering a number of social and support groups for gay men and lesbians in various parts of London and the Home Counties. The different groups cover different geographical areas, different age ranges, and various activities, including pub evenings, coffee evenings and bottle parties in members' homes, meetings with speakers, trips out to theatre, cinema, and places of interest, and tennis and other sporting events.

SLAGO doesn't have individual members.

SLAGO provides its member groups with a forum for interchange of news and ideas, quarterly liaison meetings, occasional conferences, and a variety of joint social events — see the Diary for details of forthcoming events.

Other services for groups include web hosting for those groups who don't yet have their own web pages, and suggestions on ways to advertise your group.

SLAGO is run in accordance with an Agreement between its member organizations.

A book called Out of the Shadows, by Tony Walton, was published in July 2010. it provides a history of SLAGO and other gay groups in London, 1970–2000. See the Out of the Shadows page for more information.

SLAGO Events

SLAGO maintains an ongoing Diary of Events, some organised by SLAGO itself, others by individual groups within SLAGO. All members of SLAGO groups (and others) are welcome at these events. See the current Diary page for forthcoming events.

The Southwark LGBT Pride Festival is being held in July 2017.

The CAGS/SLAGO Garden Party in Purley ("Mardi on the Grass") is being held this year on Sunday 27th August. Admission £5 and please bring a bottle. Tickets need to be ordered in advance: buy your ticket at a CAGS meeting or write to CAGS, ℅ 3 Thanescroft Gardens, Croydon CR0 5JR by 1st August enclosing your cheque. Food and entertainment provided.

The SLAGO Cup is contested between the various SLAGO groups with games, quizzes, etc over the winter period. See the results of the season so far.

The annual SLAGO Awayday to Brighton (normally in May) is a good way for members of the various groups to get together and enjoy a day at the seaside. See the Diary for more details.

SLAGO has held Conferences from time to time, when all the SLAGO groups come together, with other gay and lesbian organisations, to discuss matters of common interest. Details of the October 1999 Conference in Clapham are elsewhere on this Web site.

Other past events include Bonfire parties in Purley, and a most successful Social and Sculpture day in South Godstone.