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Community groups which meet at Birmingham LGBT Centre

Community Groups at the LGBT Centre

The Birmingham LGBT Centre hosts a wide range of independent social groups organised by LGBT people for LGBT people. So whether you’re interested in making new friends, pursuing a hobby or interest, or making your voice heard on issues that affect LGBT people, there’s a group for you.

Why Join a Community Group?

Overall, research has shown that group activities can contribute to well-being, feelings of social inclusion. People report increased feelings of wellbeing from taking part in group activities, particularly when they have little other access to social events or groups with a focus of shared interest or participate with people they identify with.

It also seems that being involved in group interaction with others with a shared interest can aid feelings of wellbeing. As well as having a positive benefit for individuals, group activities can also contribute to strengthening the LGBT community.

 

 

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Ageing Well Together

Ageing Well Together is a group for anyone interested in the Ageing Better in Birmingham programme for LGBT people.

We meet every other month to catch up with new developments with Ageing Better and how it can support the LGBT community, followed by a discussion on topics of interest to LGBT people who are 50 and over.

Ageing Well Together is also the consultative group for the Ageing Better LGBT Hub, where people can have their say on what they would like for groups and services for 50+ LGBT people to offer.

We welcome anyone – of any age – who is involved in a community group for the LGBT community, and anyone who is interested in what’s available for them.

If you’d like to attend a group meeting, please contact Maria on 0121 643 0821 or mariahughes@blgbt.org beforehand, so we can get an idea of numbers.

Ageing Well Together is an Ageing Better Network   

Dates coming up:

Wednesday 27th September: “Gender – it is still relevant?” (6pm – 8pm)

Wednesday 22nd November: “Ageing Well with HIV” (6pm – 8pm)

A Rainbow of Opinions

‘A Rainbow of Opinions’ is a new debate and discussion of topical issues to broaden people’s minds and enable us to learn from each other, hosted by Marc Ryder. The basic aim of the group is to provide a forum where people can express their views and consider the views of others.

Topics do not have to be LGBT-related but it may be interesting to consider how a general issue may impact on LGBT people.

If you’d like to attend, or find out more, please contact Maria on 0121 643 0821 or mariahughes@blgbt.org.

A Rainbow of Opinions is an Ageing Better Network   

Dates coming up:

Monday 18th September, 6pm – 8pm

You are welcome to attend the first debate, which asks:

Is ‘LGBTQ+’ too wide a remit?

  • Is the LGBTQ+ ‘umbrella’ a good way to bring people together and help them support each other?
  • Or is to too broad, not reflecting the diversity of different groups?

 

Further dates: topics to follow
14th November
12th December

BGLAD

Birmingham Gays and Lesbians Against Depression

We are a friendly support and social group for those suffering from depression or other mental illness.

We meet on alternate Thursday evenings (the second and fourth Thursday each month) from 7.30 to 9pm.

We are affiliated to Depression Alliance. We have access to leaflets, directories and other information.

All our members understand depression or other conditions like anxiety, OCD or stress.

To contact B-GLAD – phone 0121 301 1284

www.depressionalliance.org     Information Line 0845 123 23 20

2017 Dates 

October 12th & 26th

November 9th & 23rd

December 14th & 28th

 

Dates for 2018:

January 11th & 25th

February 8th & 22nd

March 8th & 22nd

April 12th & 26th

May 10th & 24th

June 14th & 26th

July 12th & 26th

August 9th & 23rd

September 13th & 27th

October 11th & 25th

November 8th

Bards & Books

Bards & Books is a free and open-to-ALL LGBT-based book group/club.

We meet to talk about the book chosen by the group the previous month. Anyone interested in reading and discussing books of relevance to the LGBT community will receive a warm welcome. The group ethic is to be open to all with a free and easy atmosphere – you don’t even need to have read the book you will still be welcome.

We meet on the first Monday of the month with some special events added throughout the year. All meetings commence at 11am at the Birmingham LGBT Centre.

Can I just turn up? Yes

For further information contact bardsandbooks@gmail.com.

 

Bards & Books is an Ageing Better Network   

2017 Dates

 

November 6th Out in the Army: My Life as a Gay Soldier by James Wharton

December 4th Members’ own writing, theme TBC.

 

Dates for 2018:

January 8th* Week later because of New Year

February 5th

March 5th

April 9th* Week later because of Bank Holiday

May 14th* Week later because of Bank Holiday

June 4th

July 2nd

August 6th

September 3rd

October 1st

November 5th

December 3rd

Birmingham South Asians LGBT

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 group , hopes to empower, encourage and engage the Asian LGBT community to meet like-minded people, look at sharing experiences, ideas, organise social activities and possibly invite guest speakers to discuss issues which may be informative, educational and entertaining.

The group meets on the third Wednesday of every month at the LGBT Centre in Birmingham.

Meetings start at 6.30pm and end at 8.30pm at the LGBT Centre. Tea/Coffee and refreshments will be available.

khakanqureshi@gmail.com

FB: www.facebook.com/findingavoice

Twitter: @brumasianlgbt

Can I just turn up? Yes

Dates for 2017:

 

October 18th

November 15th

December 20th

 

Dates for 2018:

January 17th

February 21st

March 21st

April 18th

May 16th

June 20th

July 18th

August 15th

September 19th

October 17th

November 21st

December 19th

Brum Bi Group

Brum Bi Group is a group of mixed people and personalities who happen to be bisexual and who live in or around Birmingham (UK).

Brum Bi Group meets on the second Tuesday of the month from 7.30pm until 9pm, where topics can be discussed events are planned and a general good old chin wag with bisexual pals who can relate. All over a free drink of tea or coffee.

At 9pm we head to a local pub in the Birmingham Gay Village for drinks and a social.

The group meets at the LGBT Centre on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 7.30pm

Email: brumbicoffeegroup@gmail.com

Website: https://brumbigroup.wordpress.com/

Twitter: @BrumBiGroup & @brum_bi_coffee

Facebook: facebook.com/groups/BrumBiGroup/

Meetup: meetup.com/Brum-Bi-Group-Meetup/

Can I just turn up? Yes

2017 Dates:

 

November 14th

December 12th

 

Dates for 2018:

January 9th

February 13th

March 13th

April 10th

May 8th

June 12th

July 10th

August 14th

September 11th

October 9th

November 13th

December 11th

DUDEZ - BME Peer Support

A Safe & Non-judgmental Space To Share Experiences With Other Afro-Caribbean & African Gay, Bisexual or Questioning Men.

Meeting monthly – please get in touch for an update on dates, times & location (to be chosen by group members)

Topics of discussion may include :

  • Sexual health (HIV & S.T.Is)
  • The complexities of being a Black Gay, Bisexual, Trans or Questioning Man
  • Self Esteem
  • Relationships
  • Homophobia
  • Safety Online
  • Self Affirmation

Please feel free to come along, call 0121 643 0821 for more details

Find DUDEZ on Facebook and kik

Email: sexualhealth@blgbt.org

Hidayah Muslim LGBT+

Are you a LGBT+ person from a Muslim background or identifies as Muslim?

Hidayah is an organisation created to increase the representation, acceptance and equality of the Muslim LGBT+ community. Hidayah will be running social meet up groups and the group is open to LGBT+ Muslims and their LGBT+ friends.

Hadiyah meets on the second Saturday of the month, 5pm – 7pm at the Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38/40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham, B1 1EQ. Please note that from 2018, Hidayah will meet on the LAST Saturday of the month, at 5pm. 

For more information please email Naz at nazgey@yahoo.co.uk.

Feel free to join our Facebook page – Hidayah LGBT+ Muslim Members.

Dates for 2017:

November 11th

December 9th

 

Dates for 2018:

Please note that from 2018 Hidayah will meet on the Last Saturday of the month. 

January 27th

February 24th

March 31st

April 28th

No Meeting in May – Birmingham Pride

June 30th

July 28th

August 25th

September 29th

October 27th

November 24th

December 29th* TBC

Java & Chow

Java & Chow is a friendly, social coffee morning and lunch club group for LGBT people and friends of all ages.

We meet the first, second, and third Wednesday of the month for ‘Java’ (coffee morning) at Coffee Factory, 1 Suffolk Street, Birmingham (next to Radisson Hotel on Holloway Circus).

We also meet the last Wednesday of the month for ‘Chow’ (lunch club) at a variety of venues.

If you’d like to find out more, contact Jeraldene on java.chow@mail.com or 07720 934 267. You can also join the Java & Chow Facebook page and be kept up-to-date with lunch venues: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1649825608664839/

 

Java & Chow is an Ageing Better Network 

Journey Film Club

Bringing the Silver Screen to LGBTQ Birmingham and Friends, we show the Classics to New Releases.

We aim to show a variety of different types of films to suit all tastes.

You choose what you want to bring along and share, We hold film meetings every so often to agree a future film schedule: what films we are going to watch and when, and who is going to bring the film.

Doors open for 6.45pm for 7pm start. First and Third Tuesday of the month.

Web: http://www.journeyfilmclub.co.uk/
Contact: Journeyfilmclub@hotmail.co.uk

 

Journey Film Club is an Ageing Better Network  

 

 

7th November – 54 – 15 – 1hr 33min

An anthology film retelling the story of the famous Studio 54, a hot disco hangout for the social elite of New York. The movie follows several characters at once, some of whom are in desperate straits and on the verge of crashing.
Doors open at 7:15pm for a prompt start at 7:30pm.
Admission is free, however donations towards refreshments are welcomed.

 

21 November – IN BED WITH MADONNA – 18 – 2hr

From the rain of Japan, through threats of arrest for ‘public indecency’ in Canada, and a birthday tribute to her father in Detroit, this documentary follows Madonna on her 1990 ‘Blond Ambition’ concert tour. Filmed in black and white, with the concert pieces in glittering MTV color, it is an intimate look at the work of the music performer, from a prayer circle with the dancers before each performance to bed games with the dance troupe afterwards.

 

5th December – MOONLIGHT – 15 – 1hr 51min

Three time periods – young adolescence, mid-teen and young adult – in the life of black-American Chiron is presented. When a child, Chiron lives with his single, crack addict mother Paula in a crime ridden neighborhood in Miami. Chiron is a shy, withdrawn child largely due to his small size and being neglected by his mother, who is more concerned about getting her fixes and satisfying her carnal needs than taking care of him. Because of these issues, Chiron is bullied, the slurs hurled at him which he doesn’t understand beyond knowing that they are meant to be hurtful. Besides his same aged Cuban-American friend Kevin, Chiron is given what little guidance he has in life from neighborhood drug dealer named Juan, who can see that he is neglected, and Juan’s caring girlfriend Teresa, whose home acts as a sanctuary away from the bullies and away from Paula’s abuse.

 

19th December – The MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL – U – 1hr 25min

Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie and the entire cast of the Muppet universe come together to re-tell Charles Dickens’ immortal classic “A Christmas Carol” in their first TV appearance following the death of creator Jim Henson in 1990.

Illuminate

Illuminate is a non religious space with no formal liturgy sacred and secular music playing. Some silence is observed in a darkened room, a discussion followed led by a group member or an informal chat in the second half.

It is a space for reflection and inspiration without a particular religious dimension.

The group meets at the Birmingham LGBT Centre on Sunday Evenings 5pm to 7pm

Contact lbradley1990@outlook.com for more details.

 

Illuminate is an Ageing Better Network  

Dates for 2017:

 

October 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

November 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

December 3rd, 10th, 17th

 

Dates for 2018:

January 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

February 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

March 5th, 11th, 18th, 25th

April 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd

May 6th, 13th, 20th, (27th is Birmingham Pride)

June 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th

July 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

August 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

September 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 3oth

October 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

November 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

December 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd

LGBT Polska

LGBT Polska is a social group of friendly people for Polish LGBT community and Polish speaking friends in West Midlands. Our meetings take place every fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm till 8:30 pm at the LGBT Centre, followed by recreational drink at the pub. Additionally we meet at the pub – Fox (Lower Essex Street) – every second Friday of the month at 7:30 pm. Just pop in and join us. You will find more information on our website http://lgbtbham.prv.pl/

LGBT Polska to nieformalna grupa Polaków i mówiących po polsku przyjaciół należących do społeczności LGBT z rejonu West Midlands. Nasze spotkania odbywają się w czwarty wtorek każdego miesiąca o godzinie 19:00 – 20:30 w LGBT Centre, po czym rekreacyjnie wychodzimy na drinka do pubu. Dodatkowo spotykamy się w pubie Fox (Lower Essex Street) w drugi piątek każdego miesiąca o godzinie 19:30. Serdecznie zaprszamy. Wiecej informacji znajduje sie na naszej stronie http://lgbtbham.prv.pl/

Email: teczowymail@yahoo.com

Dates for 2017:

July 25th

August 22nd

September 26th

October 24th

November 28th

December 19th

LGBT Table Tennis Club

Where: The Vault
When: every Tuesday
Time: 6.30-8.00pm

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 best place to learn and play the sport.

It’s a good way to stay in shape and a great social activity.

FREE Admission

WHY PLAY?

One of the main benefits of playing table tennis is that it is non-contact. This means you can get all the positives of a high-energy sport such as football without the risk of collision injuries to the arms, shoulders and legs.

It is also one of the few competitive sports that requires players to move at speed without straining the muscles or joints through stretching or using heavy equipment.

For people returning from injury or the elderly, table tennis tennis can be the perfect sport to sustain fitness levels.

The action of having to hit a fast-moving ball with a bat several times a second means table tennis also improves reflexes, eye-to-hand coordination, mental alertness and speed of movement.

Dates for 2017:

 

October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st

November 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

December 5th, 12th, 19th

Line Dancing

Come along and join us for a fun night of line dancing with other LBGT people and their friends. Absolute beginners very welcome – dances are taught from scratch. We use a range of popular music to dance with (and some country music). No special dress required but wear shoes that don’t have a grip.

The class runs from 6.30-9pm every Thursday at the Birmingham LGBT Centre. 

Dates for 2017:

July 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st

September 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

October 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

November 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

December 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

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 and fourth Mondays, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

We offer support and advice.

For more information email us on mmgbham@hotmail.com

Website: http://mmgbham.wix.com/marriedmensgroup

 

Married Men’s Group is an Ageing Better Network  

Dates for 2017:

 

October 9th & 23rd

November 13th & 27th

December 11th

 

Dates for 2018:

January 8th & 22nd

February 12th & 26th

March 12th & 26th

April 9th & 23rd

May 14th, May 28th is Birmingham Pride

June 11th & 25th

July 9th & 23rd

August 13th, NO MEET AUGUST 27TH AS BANK HOLIDAY

September 10th & 24th

October 8th & 2nd

November 12th & 26th

December 10th

Narcotics Anonymous

There will be no more NA meetings for 2016. Please check back in the future for an update of the group in 2017.

 

To find a group please go to ukna.org and search for Birmingham.

 

 

 

Older Lesbian Network

Older Lesbian Network meets every fourth Saturday of the month at 1pm (12pm from 2018)  at Birmingham LGBT Centre. Each meeting starts with a chat over shared food brought by the women attending and this is followed by a led discussion on a pre-arranged topic. Topics are decided by the group and usually planned about six months ahead. Sometimes group members with a special interest in a subject present ideas for discussion, other times we invite speakers with specialist knowledge. The group also meets socially from time to time for meals or theatre outings.

New members are always welcome. There is no set age limit; it is up to women who are considering attending to define ‘older’ as they wish. The focus of the group is, however, to support and value the lives of older lesbians.

For more information contact Tracey on teafothergill@gmail.com or call 07930 390 568

 

Dates for 2017:

August 26th  Will be held elsewhere

September 23rd Will be held elsewhere

October 28th

November 25th

December 23rd

 

Dates for 2018: please note that OLN will meet from 12pm in 2018. 

January 22nd

February 24th

March 24th

NO MEETING IN MAY – BIRMINGHAM PRIDE

June 23rd

July 28th

August 25th

September 22nd

October 27th

November 24th

December 22nd* TBC

 

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 of those impacted by prostate cancer. First Saturday of each month between 2 and 4pm.

Contact Eddie Hulme

Telephone  07970 813599

Email  owprostatecancermidlands@gmail.com

Website  www.outwithprostatecancer.org.uk

 

Dates for 2017:

August 5th

September 2nd

October 7th

November 4th

December 2nd

OUTward Expressions

Please note that OUTward Expressions no longer meets at the Centre, they meet at various sites in Birmingham. For more information please email paddy.broughton@btinternet.com

A new group for LGBT photographers and artists.

The group exchanges ideas, supports one another and critiques each others work, members also talk about their interests and techniques.

We aim to develop the group further to have visiting speakers, demonstrators and arrange exhibitions of our work.

If you want to know more about the group please contact paddy.broughton@btinternet.com

 

Positive Mental Health Group

The group is open to anyone with an interest in promoting a greater awareness of mental health issues across the communities of Birmingham and Solihull.
Your chance to share information, news & views with statutory agencies, voluntary sector organisations, user groups – and individual users/carers/staff.

Come and join one of the biggest mental health networking meetings in the Midlands, every month! Just turn up – no need to book.

Meetings include guest speakers, information table, light refreshments & a chance to chat and catch up.

For more information call Faheem Uddin on 07800 728 825 or visit www.positivementalhealthgroup.org 

The group meets on the last Tuesday of the month at the Centre, at 2.30pm.

Dates for 2017:

 

31st October

28th November

19th December

 

Dates for 2018:

January 30th

February 27th

March 27th

April 24th

May 29th

July 24th

August 28th

September 25th

October 30th

November 27th

December 18th * Week early – Christmas

 

Queer Women's Skill Share

FREE for all who identify as women, of all ages and sexualities

We are a friendly and inclusive group who welcome all gender identities and sexualities.

We chat, share stories and will be doing craft projects from time to time. We’d love to hear your ideas for activities.

You are welcome to just turn up, or contact Rhiannon on midlandsqwss@gmail.com for more details.

Queer Women’s Skill Share is an Ageing Better Network  

Next meeting:

Friday 15th September, from 4pm

Our theme for this meeting is “Stories” – share your favourite story over a free tea or coffee.

(more meeting details to follow)

Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridge has been set up to bridge the gaps between lesbian, gay, bi, trans and heterosexual communities, to enable them to find out more about each other and activities, groups and services which are of interest to them.

Rainbow Bridge holds weekly networking coffee mornings to ‘break the ice’ so that people can meet each other and get a taste of what different community groups can offer.

So, if you’ve ever wanted to go to a group but felt nervous about not knowing anyone, have always wondered what is offered at Birmingham LGBT Centre but have never visited, or you are looking for a group or activity that is right for you – Rainbow Bridge is here!

You are welcome to drop in, or contact rainbowbridgelgbt@yahoo.com for more details.

Rainbow Bridge is an Ageing Better Network  

Dates for 2017:

8th August

15th August

22nd August

(more dates to follow)

Rainbow Spirit

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, which put an emphasis on creativity and personal growth.

It meets on the 1st Friday of the month. These meetings tend to be discussion based and themes have included coming out, positive ageing, ‘gay heroes’, spiritual issues. We also provide the opportunity share personal feelings in response to artwork, poetry and music, these sharings are sometimes called Heart Circles.

We also organise more social activities, such as walks, circle dance and music making, shared meals, usually at weekends, and we actively seek to make links with other groups in the area.

From 2017, the group meets on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 3pm.

For more details contact Jon on 07974 477 206 or e-mail: jonghomer@hotmail.com

Can I just turn up? please contact Jon for further information.

 

Rainbow Spirit is an Ageing Better Network  

Dates for 2017:

 

October 21st

November 18th

December 16th

 

Dates for 2018

January 20th

February 17th

March 17th

April 21st

May 19th

June 16th

July 21st

August 18th

September 15th

October 20th

November 17th

December 15th

RANG South Asian LGBT

RANG South Asian LGBT

RANG is a creative and social group open to all South Asian men and women who identify as LGBT, and takes place on the 2nd Sunday (usually) of  the month, 2pm-4pm. RANG is run by Birmingham LGBT.

For more information please email dansingh@blgbt.org

 

Dates for 2017:

13th August
10th September
15th  October
12th November
10th December

 

Dates for 2017

January 14th

February 11th

March 11th

April 8th

May 13th

June 10th

July 8th

August 12th

September 9th

October 14th

November 11th

December 9th

Trans Central

Trans Central is a (MTF), or Male to Female transgendered community support group; that meets in the Birmingham LGBT Centre in the West Midlands on the first Monday of each month at 6pm.

The group will aim to provide practical help and peer support to the local Trans community, while also creating the opportunity for individual members to take part in community programs and events, which will work towards helping improve confidence, increase knowledge, and empowering Trans women, while in a relaxed, comfortable, safe and friendly Environment.

Contact Larna Gallier for more details transcentral56@gmail.com

Dates for 2017:

 

October 2nd

November 6th

December 4th

 

Dates for 2018

January 8th

February 5th

March 5th

April 3rd (Tuesday)

May 8th (Tuesday)

June 4th

July 2nd

August 6th

September 3rd

October 1st

November 5th

December 3rd

 

Trans Masculine Birmingham

Trans Masculine Birmingham is 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 group welcomes all aspects of the Trans Masculine spectrum.

The group meets in a safe, respectful and friendly environment, with a wide range of activities from self discovery, empowerment to confidence building.

So if you would like to join or just pop along you’ll be made to feel most welcome!

The group meets once a month on the third Monday at the Birmingham LGBT Centre from 6.00pm until 8.00pm.

Contact: transmasculinebirmingham@gmail.com

Dates for 2017:

 

October 16th

November 20th

December 18th

 

Dates for 2018

January 15th

February 19th

march 19th

April 16th

May 21st

June 18th

July 16th

August 20th

September 17th

October 15th

November 19th

December 17th

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