London Borough of Lewisham

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Lewisham is a London Borough in South-East London. It was formed in 1965 by amalgamating the former metropolitan boroughs of Lewisham and Deptford. Other localities in the borough include Catford.

Lewisham today

There is one gay pub, TWO86 (formerly Stonewalls).

Lewisham Council has an LGBT staff forum.[1]

Lewisham's LGBT+ Group was set up in 2013.

Earlier times

Lewisham CHE Group was founded in 1972. Between 1976-1978 its members produced an amateur film David is Homosexual [2]. Members of Lewisham CHE went on to found Lewisham Friend and helped set up CHE groups in surrounding boroughs.[3]

Leweisham CHE closed down in the mid-1980s, but in 1991 some of its former members founded Lewisham Gay Alliance, later Lewisham Lesbian and Gay Alliance (2LGA). The South London Gay Young People's Group was based in Catford from 1981. The Lewisham Online website still (early 2012) lists websites for 2LGA and Lewisham Lesbian and Gay Information (LLGI)[4] but neither website is now live.

The South London Gay Young People's Group Annual Report 1982-83 (LSE: Hall Carpenter Archives)

The Libertines group for older gay men, set up by the the local Age Concern, flourished in Lewisham between about 1980 and 1999.[5]

External sites Lewisham page on LGBT London


  2. Ray MacLaughlain was the star of David is Homosexual. A copy is available on the BFI website
  3. Out of the Shadows, Chapter 12
  5. Out of the Shadows, pages 90–91