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Community Directory

Birmingham is home to around 60,000 LGBT citizens and as such has a thriving community and commercial scene. From nearly forty voluntary and community groups, which are the lifeblood of the community, to over 15 bars and clubs in the Gay Village in Southside. Birmingham offers something for all LGBT people. This guide provides comprehensive listings for everything LGBT in the city, including social groups, services, sports clubs, arts groups, bars, clubs, shops, cafes, and much more.

Arts & Culture

Acting Out

What: A gay, lesbian & straight theatre group for both men & women. If you would like to act, help out back stage or just find out more, it’s great fun and you will be made very welcome....

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Birmingham Gay Symphony Orchestra

What: Birmingham Gay Symphony Orchestra was formed in 2008 and brings together orchestral musicians from across the Midlands LGBT & music communities. We are known as a truly welcoming ensemble and we enjoy giving fun & engaging performances...

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Journey Film Club

What: LGBT Film Club. When: Every other Tuesday at 6:30pm Where: Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38/40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham B9 4AA Mobile: 07749 412269 E-mail: journeybrum@hotmail.com Website: http://journeyfilmclub.weebly.com

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Rainbow Voices LGBT Choir

What: Rainbow Voices is the only West Midlands choir for gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and trans people and their friends. We are an inclusive singing group with members across all ages, who come together to celebrate our diversity...

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OUTward Expressions

What: A group of LGBT people (over 18) who practice in visual and fine arts in their many forms. .  A discussion takes place on a theme and people work on that and bring the results or ‘work in...

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Asylum and Immigration

ASIRT

Where: St. Georges Community Hub, Great Hampton Row, Newtown, Birmingham B19 3JG Phone: 0121 233 4295

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Asylum Seeker Social

What:  Journey MCC Asylum Social Group is an inclusive social & support group for LGBT asylum seekers, providing a safe, welcoming space in the heart of Birmingham. Where: Birmingham LGBT Centre When: 3rd Friday of the month, from 1pm...

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Birmingham LGBT

Birmingham LGBT

What: Birmingham LGBT has been working for over a decade to support and sustain a vibrant, diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and Trans community in Birmingham. Our services and projects include LGBT Health & Wellbeing, Strategic Development, Research, Heritage, Community Infrastructure, Arts &...

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Counselling

Umbrella Counselling Service

Umbrella are offering their Counselling and Psychotherapy service, the service has a long history of providing free counselling to men, women and non-binary people from the LGB&T communities. Where: Available  across the city with a choice of male or female counsellors,...

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Employee Networks & Forums

Birmingham City Council Employee Network

What: Birmingham City Council Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans-persons Employees’ Network has two main objectives: to support LGBT employees within Birmingham City Council, and to provide a consultative voice on issues relating to service provision affecting the LGBT...

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West Midlands Police LGBT Network

What: Support for LGBT employees, development and improvement of relations between the police and LGBT communities across the West Midlands and a representative voice working to shape policy and promote equality in all areas of policing. We also...

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Midlands LGBT Employee Network

What: Whether you’re an employee or an employer, Midlands LGBT Employees’ Network offers a resource for all things Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans in the workplace – advice on company policies on LGBT issues, understanding of the law,...

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Dudley Council Employee Network

What: Our aims are: The LGBT network aims to provide support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender council workers. The group holds meetings every quarter and offers members the opportunity to meet with other LGBT colleagues across the council....

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HIV Support

ABplus

What: ABplus is organised by and for people living with HIV. Their mission is to provide support to all people living with, and significantly affected by, HIV and AIDS. The centre offers health and social care support and...

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Freshwinds

What: Freshwinds employs a holistic approach to care, providing complementary therapies to be used alongside traditional forms of treatment and medicine. Address: Prospect Hall, 12 College Walk, Birmingham B29 6LE Phone: 0121 415 6670 Website: www.freshwinds.org.uk

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Terrence Higgins Trust

What: Whatever your sexuality, HIV status, gender, cultural background or ethnic origin, THT has services set up with your needs in mind. If you’re affected by HIV, then we’ll try to help. Address: Rowans Court, 192 Herbert Road,...

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Older People

TOPAZ

What: Birmingham LGBTs Older LGBT Project: Befriending and peer mentoring service plus events, activities, lunch clubs and more. Where: Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38/40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham. B1 1EQ Phone: (0121) 643 0821 E-mail: topaz@blgbt.org Website:  http://www.birminghamlgbt.org.uk

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Mature Gay Mens Group (MGM)

What: For older gay men, bears & daddy types and Bi Guys. Come and relax, make new friends, have a laugh. When: Every first Tuesday of the month from 20.30 onwards at The Fox Bar. Where: The Fox...

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Older Lesbian Network

What: The Birmingham and West Midlands Older Lesbian Network Where: Birmingham LGBT Centre When: Second Saturday in the month Time:   13:00        

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Phone Lines

Broken Rainbow

What: Support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people experiencing domestic violence. When: Mondays and Thursdays – 2pm-8pm Tuesdays and Wednesdays – 10am-5pm Phone: 0300 999 LGBT. (0300 999 5428) If in immediate danger call 999.

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Coventry & Warwickshire Friend

What: Offers information, support and friendship to lesbians and gays and their families and friends. Besides our telephone helpline, we offer face-to-face meetings, social groups, newsletters and printed information. When: Monday – Friday: 7.30pm-9.30pm Phone: 0247 671 4199

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Religious

Birmingham Buddhist Centre

What: The Birmingham Buddhist Centre is part of the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (FWBO), a worldwide movement founded by Sangharakshita that aims to make Buddhist teachings and practices available in a form appropriate to the modern...

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QUEST group for Gay Catholics UK

What: Quest is a group for lesbian and gay Catholics. Quest has a network of local groups across the country which meets regularly for Mass, discussion and social events. It publishes a quarterly bulletin to members, with news...

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Journey Metropolitan Community Church

What: Journey is made up of many different people, our only goal being to create a space where we are able to explore, discuss, worship, listen and serve our community. We are welcoming and inclusive of all LGBTQ...

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Lesbian & Gay Christians

What: The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement is a UK-based international charity which challenges homophobia and transphobia, especially within the Church and faith based organisations, as well as working to create and praying for an inclusive church. Membership...

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Sexual Health

Birmingham LGBT Sexual Health

What: A range of sexual health and wellbeing services for LGBT people and men who have sex with men. Including testing, condoms and lube, information, support, outreach, peer mentoring and more. Phone: 0121 643 0821 E-mail: sexualhealth@blgbt.org Website: www.birminghamlgbt.org.uk

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Umbrella Sexual Health

What:  Umbrella provides free and confidential sexual health services in Birmingham and Solihull, including all types of contraception and STI testing and treatment. The service is confidential, non-judgmental and for people of all ages, genders and orientations. Everyone...

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Social Groups

Outskirts

What: A fast growing and very friendly Trans social group whose aim is to encourage girls to gain greater confidence. We are always happy to welcome newcomers and all of us remember both the elation and the fear...

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Rainbow Spirit

What: The spirit of friendship, sharing and support…..is a creative activities group for gay men, away from the scene. The group is related to and based on the principles of the Edward Carpenter Community, with an emphasis on creativity, personal growth and...

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Gay Classic Car Group

What: For gay men and lesbians with a shared interest in classic cars. You don’t need to own one. Regional groups, with social events both around the country and internationally. Where: Midlands meet is every 1st Wednesday of...

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Out Everywhere

What: Bringing people together since 1995 Additional Information: ‘Out Everywhere’ is the largest non-sexual social network for gay and lesbian people in the UK. The community also organises offline events, such as coffee or cocktail outings, sporting events...

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LGBT Meetup (Birmingham)

What: A peer to peer networking and event site Additional Information: Meetups are people getting together to learn something, do something, share something…Birmingham LGBT Meetup is an active social space with a variety of activity including theatre trips, bar and restaurant meets,...

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Pink Sou’westers

What: We offer a range of affordable, accessible, inclusive, non-scene social events and activities open to all LGBTs regardless of age or area of residence. Additional Information: Activities include bowling, country walks, pub or curry nights, canal and...

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Brum Bi Group

What:  is a group of mixed people and personalities who happen to be bisexual and who live in or around Birmingham (UK). Where : The group meets at the LGBT Centre on the 2nd Tuesday of each month When:...

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Asylum Seeker Social

What:  Journey MCC Asylum Social Group is an inclusive social & support group for LGBT asylum seekers, providing a safe, welcoming space in the heart of Birmingham. Where: Birmingham LGBT Centre When: 3rd Friday of the month, from 1pm...

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Gay Outdoor Club (GOC)

What: The Gay Outdoor Club operates throughout Great Britain and provides a wide range of outdoor and indoor sports and recreational activities for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender men and women. The West Midlands group generally walks on...

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Birmingham Parents Support Group

What: Helping families of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in coming to terms with knowing that a member of their family is gay. Additional Information: Coming to terms with a son or daughter’s sexuality can be very difficult,...

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LGBT Polska

What: LGBT Polska is a social, discussion and support group for LGBT Poles and Polish speaking friends. Co: LGBT Polska to grupa dyskusyjna, wspierająca LGBT Polaków i mówiących po polsku przyjaciół. When: Our meetings take place every fourth Tuesday...

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Birmingham South Asians LGBT

What: Birmingham South Asians LGBT – Finding A Voice – aims to be a positive experience, event or group with an informal, welcoming atmosphere, provide a platform to speak up, find a voice, gain recognition and acceptance. The social/support...

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Sports & Fitness

Boot Women

What: Boot Women is a walking group for women, primarily lesbians, based in Birmingham and the surrounding areas. Additional Information: They meet every month for a walk that averages about 6 miles and welcome walking women of all...

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Birmingham Blaze (Football Team)

What: LGBT-friendly football team. Blaze welcome players of all abilities! If you’ve got an interest in football, they want to hear from you. Birmingham Blaze is part of the GFSN league. When: Wednesdays & Sundays (Training) Additional Information:...

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LGBT Table Tennis Group

What: Come and play Table Tennis at the LGBT Centre, this fun dynamic game is a cheap and accessible sport played by 2.4m people in the United Kingdom. For people of all ages and abilities, table tennis clubs provide the...

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Birmingham Bluefins Water Polo

What: Birmingham Bluefins is the water polo team of Moseley Shoals. Any swimmer can join and learn the rules of this fun team game. Just bring swim kit and towel. When: Wednesday session – Warm up exercises &...

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Birmingham Bulls RFC

What: Birmingham Bulls RFC, is the West Midland’s gay and inclusive Rugby team. The team welcomes all abilities and offers training. Website: http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/birminghambullsrfc/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/birminghambullsrfc

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Gay Outdoor Club (GOC)

What: The Gay Outdoor Club operates throughout Great Britain and provides a wide range of outdoor and indoor sports and recreational activities for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender men and women. The West Midlands group generally walks on...

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Line Dancing

When: Thursday Nights 7pm -9pm Where: The Vault – Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38/40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham. B1 1EQ Info: Come along and join us for a fun night of line dancing with other LBGT people and their friends....

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Drop in Yoga

For whom: Open to all (FREE) Where: The Vault – Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38/40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham B1 1EQ When: Fridays at 6pm Info: Join Anna Robottom of City Yoga Birmingham, who will be leading a weekly yoga class for the...

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Midlands Out Badminton

What: Midlands Out Badminton Team. Playing in Birmingham since 2003, this friendly group is open to players of all abilities. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced player, enjoyment and participation are the aims of this group....

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Moseley Shoals Swim Group

What: Moseley Shoals has been swimming around Birmingham since forming over 12 years ago. The group is friendly and social, offering the chance to meet up for a splash about or a rigorous swim. Just bring swim kit...

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Outdoor Lads

What: The UK’s most social group for gay and bisexual men who love the great outdoors. We organise hiking, camping, climbing, hostelling, biking, canoeing, sailing and skiing events as well as one-off international trips and more hard-core ‘challenge’...

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Birmingham Swifts

What: Birmingham Swifts is an LGBT running group for Birmingham. We’re open to everyone, no matter what your ability, age, sexuality or gender. It’s our aim to help you achieve your running goals in a friendly and supportive environment, whether...

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Rainbow Rambles

What: These easy walks are proving popular with a wide variety of people from beginners to more experienced walkers. They all start at 11am, last between two to four hours depending on the time of year, and are...

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Support Groups & Servcies

Birmingham LGBT Centre for Health & Wellbeing

What: The centre has a focus on Health & Wellbeing and hosts and develops services to address health inequalities and meet the needs of Birmingham’s diverse Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans communities. Located in Birmingham city centre on...

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Reach Out Recovery for Drugs and Alcohol Issues

What: Reach Out Recovery offers treatment and recovery services to support anyone experiencing difficulties with drugs and/or alcohol in a range of local community settings across Birmingham. Services are free and confidential. They have recovery teams across the city...

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Narcotics Anonymous

What: Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a non-profit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs have become a major problem, meeting regularly to support each other. This is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs (which includes...

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New Road Parents Support Group

What: Bromsgrove, South Birmingham and surrounding areas. Supporting parents of LGBT people. When: 3rd Tuesday of the month Mobile: 07974 811443 (Margaret) Website: www.newroadparents.org

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Married Men’s Group

Married Men’s Group is a social group for men who are married to, or in a relationship with, a woman, but are attracted to other men. We meet at the Birmingham LGBT centre twice a month, on the second...

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Out with Prostate Cancer

The group is facilitated by volunteers from Prostate Cancer UK, working with the BGT community aimed at providing for gay and bisexual men affected by prostate cancer and trans women. All are welcome, as are partners and supporters...

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Trans Services & Groups

Birmingham FTM Group

What: a support and advice group for all Trans guys over the age of 18 that meets once a month at LGBT Centre in Birmingham. Regardless of whether you are Gender-questioning, Transgendered, Transsexual, Gender-queer or Gender variant, the...

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Trans Central

What: Trans Central is a (MtF), or Male to Female transgendered community support group providing practical help and peer support to the local Trans community, and creating the opportunity for individual members to take part in community programs...

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GIRES (National)

What: The Gender Identity Research and Education Society provides information for Trans people, their families and the professionals who care for them. Address: Melverley, The Warren, Ashtead, Surrey KT21 2SP Phone: 01372 801554 E-mail: info@gires.org.uk Website: http://www.gires.org.uk

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Mermaids (National)

What: Mermaids is a support group for gender variant children and teenagers and their families. They aim to relieve the mental and emotional stress of all persons aged 19 years and under who are in any manner affected...

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Emerge

What: Are you trans , gender variant or questioning your gender identity and aged 15-19? Then why not come along to Emerge? When: Emerge meets two saturdays in a month, from 12.30pm to 3.30pm, in a central Birmingham...

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University Socs LGBT

Birmingham City University LGBT+

What: Birmingham City University LGBT is a society within Birmingham City Students’ Union. It offers students support and advice on a variety of issues for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people, from sexual health and coming out to...

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Aston University LGBT+

What: Aston LGBT+ seeks to provide welfare support and social events for any student who identifies with a sexual or gender minority at Aston University. We also welcome anyone who identifies themselves as an ally of the LGBT+...

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Birmingham University LGBT Group

What: Whether you’re out and proud and want to know about the gay scene and socialising or questioning your sexuality and in need of support and information, the LGBT Association is here to support all students. We actively...

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Women's Groups

Older Lesbian Network

What: The Birmingham and West Midlands Older Lesbian Network Where: Birmingham LGBT Centre When: Second Saturday in the month at 1pm Info: Older Lesbian Network meets every second Saturday of the month at 1pm at the HGL drop in....

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Boot Women

What: Boot Women is a walking group for women, primarily lesbians, based in Birmingham and the surrounding areas. Additional Information: They meet every month for a walk that averages about 6 miles and welcome walking women of all...

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Go Getting Out

What: GoGetting Out is a regional email network for women who are interested in meeting and socialising with other women. We have members who are lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning and  we work towards a safe, supportive and inclusive...

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Youth Groups

OutCentral

What: Out Central is a Youth group for young people age 11-19, who are LGBT or may be questioning their sexuality. Young people take part in a range of activities including trips out and social activities. When: Meets...

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Emerge

What: Are you trans , gender variant or questioning your gender identity and aged 15-19? Then why not come along to Emerge? When: Emerge meets two saturdays in a month, from 12.30pm to 3.30pm, in a central Birmingham...

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