To coincide with the opening of Ruhul Abdin's Reclined Nude Scrolls, Queering Croydon will include a panel discussion on the potential to create a new queer place for Croydon’s diverse LGBTQIA community followed by live performances.
The idea will centre on the potential to use existing venues, spaces and places as well as make better use of disused places, and connect different groups to help program and develop an inclusive & sustainable model.
The discussion will briefly explore existing models of successful community organisations and what a community-led model could be for a queer place in Croydon. It will also propose questions, especially in ways of understanding what a safe space could potentially be for diverse members of the community. Croydon is the largest London borough with a population over 380,000+ people and itself has a deep history of LGBT+ activities. It is represented currently in events such as the Croydon Pridefest, its participation in LGBT History Month, IDAHO as well as diverse groups such as the Croydon Area Gay Society (CAGS) that meet regularly. At the same time there has been the erosion and closure of entertainment and other venues that catered specifically for the LGBT+ community across London and this means new models of place-making need to be explored. This panel discussion will look to talk about a more dynamic, community-led model, and the panelists will discuss aspects of their experiences and what they believe could be a collective vision for a safe space for the queer community. The evening will allocate ample time for questions.
The outcomes of this discussion will be used to develop a proposal for making a temporary or permanent queer space in Croydon.