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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.

 

 

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 

April 13th & 27th

May 11th & 25th

June 8th & 22nd

July 13th & 27th

August 10th & 24th

September 14th & 28th

October 12th & 26th

November 9th & 23rd

December 14th & 28th

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

May 8th – “Venice” by Ian Morris

June 5th – “All Quiet On The Western Front” by Erich Maria Remarque (http://explainallquietonthewesternfront.weebly.com/uploads/2/4/7/2/24722875/all_quiet_on_the_western_front.pdf)

July 3rd – “Instructions For Living Someone Else’s Life” by Mil Millington

August 7th – “The Well Of Loneliness” by Radclyffe Hall

September 4th – “Going To The Dogs: The Story Of A Moralist” by Erich Kastner

October 2nd – “The Heart’s Invisible Furies” by John Boyne (NB: this is a lengthy book!)

November 6th – “Out In The Army: My Life As A Gay Solider” by James Wharton

December 4th – members’ own writings, on a theme to be decided

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:

April 19th

May 17th

June 21st

July 19th

August 16th

September 20th

October 18th

November 15th

December 20th

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

Contact slspillo@yahoo.com for more details or see http://brumbigroup.wix.com/birminghamuk

Can I just turn up? Yes

2017 Dates:

April 11th

May 9th

June 13th

July 11th

August 8th

September 12th

October 10th

November 14th

December 12th

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

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:

April 8th

May 13th

June 10th

July 8th

August 12th

September 9th

October 14th

November 11th

December 9th

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 second Wednesday of the month for ‘Java’ (coffee morning) at Cakes & Ladders cafe, Birmingham LGBT Centre.

We also meet the fourth 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 

2017 dates – Java:

April 12th – Cakes & Ladders

May – to be confirmed

June 14th

July 12th

August 9th

September 13th

October 11th

November 8th

2017 dates – Chow:

 

April 26th – Cafe Soya

May 24th

June 28th

July 26th

August 23rd

September 27th

October 25th

November 22nd

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@outlook.com

 

Journey Film Club is an Ageing Better Network  

TUE 18 APR – All About Eve (1950)
U, 2h 18m | Drama
“Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night!”
Eve is waiting backstage to meet her “idol” aging Broadway Star, Margo Channing. It all seems innocent enough as Eve explains that she has seen Margo in EVERY performance of the current play she is in. Only Playright critic DeWitt sees through Eve’s evil plan, which is to take her parts and fiance. When the fiance shows no interest, she tries for Celeste Holmes husband and playwright. But, DeWitt (George Brandt) stops her. After she accepts her award, she decides to skip the after-party and goes to her room, where we find a young woman named Phoebe, who snuck into her room and fell asleep. This is where the “Circle of Life” now comes to fruition as Eve is going to get played the way she did Margo.

Tue 2nd May – 7PM START – Beaches (1988)       

15 | 2hr 3mins

 “I’m not stubborn, I’m… right”

When the New York child performer CC Bloom and San Fransisco rich kid Hillary meet in a holiday resort in Atlantic City, it marks the start of a lifetime friendship between them. The two keep in touch through letters for a number of years until Hillary, now a successful lawyer moves to New York to stay with struggling singer CC. The movie shows the various stages of their friendship and their romances including their love for the same man.

Tue 16th May – Sister Act (1992)               

PG | 1hr 40mins

No sex. No booze. No men. No way.

A Vegas singer witnesses a mob murder and the cops stash her in a nunnery to protect her from the hitmen. The mother superior does not trust her, and takes steps to limit her influence on the other nuns. Eventually the singer rescues the failing choir and begins helping with community projects, which gets her an interview on TV. This alerts the mob to her whereabouts, and the chase is back on.

Sunday 28th May – Women in Love (1969) – SPECIAL PRIDE SHOWING

15 | 2hr 11mins

“Why have you come?”

The battle of the sexes and relationships among the elite of Britain’s industrial Midlands in the 1920s. Gerald Crich and Rupert Berkin are best friends who fall in love with a pair of sisters Gudrun, a sculptress and Ursula Brangwen, a schoolteacher. Rupert marries Ursula, Gerald begins a love affair with Gudrun, and the foursome embarks upon a Swiss honeymoon. But the relationships take markedly different directions, as Russell explores the nature of commitment and love. Rupert and Ursula learn to give themselves to each other; the more withdrawn Gerald cannot, finally, connect with the demanding and challenging Gudrun.

Tuesday 6th June – Carol (2015)

15 | 1hr 58mins

Some people change your life forever…

In an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel The Price of Salt, CAROL follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change. A young woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara), is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. As an immediate connection sparks between them, the innocence of their first encounter dims and their connection deepens. While Carol breaks free from the confines of marriage, her husband (Kyle Chandler) begins to question her competence as a mother as her involvement with Therese and close relationship with her best friend Abby (Sarah Paulson) come to light.

Tuesday 20th June – Easy Rider (1969)

18 | 1hr 35mins

“Have you gotta helmut?”

The partners and friends Wyatt and Billy buy drugs in Mexico and deal in Los Angeles, raising money to travel to the Mardi Grass in New Orleans in their bikes. They cross their country disclosing a period of counterculture and intolerance through spectacular landscapes.

Tuesday 4th July – 7PM START – Funny Girl (1968)

U | 2hr 31mins

“Don’t rain on my parade…”

The vibrant and beautiful young Fanny Brice starts out as a bit player on the New York City vaudeville stage, but works her way up to stardom on Broadway. Valued for her vocal and comedic talents by the renowned theater impresario Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., Fanny thrives, but her relationship with her suave, imprisoned businessman husband, Nick Arnstein, is another story.

 

 

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:

April 2nd, 9th, 16th (Easter Sunday), 23rd, 30th

May 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th (Pride Weekend)

June 4th, 11th, 18th, 24th

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

August 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

September 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th

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

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

December 3rd, 10th, 17th

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, followed by recreational drink at the pub. Additionally we meet at the pub – Sidewalk (Hurst Street) – every second Friday at 7:30 pm. Just pop in, find us and relax.

 

LGBT Polska to otwarta grupa zrzeszająca polską społeczność LGBT oraz mówiących po polsku przyjaciół w West Midlands. Nasze spotkania odbywają się w czwarty wtorek każdego miesiąca o godzinie 19:00 – 20:30, po czym rekreacyjnie wychodzimy na drinka do pubu. Dodatkowo spotykamy się w pubie Sidewalk (Hurst Street) w drugi piątek każdego miesiąca o godzinie 19:30. Po prostu przyjdź, znajdź nas i zrelaksuj się.

Dates for 2017:

April 25th

May 23rd

June 27th

July 25th

August 22nd

September 26th

October 24th

November 28th

December 19th

LGBT Table Tennis Club

Where: The Vault
When: every Tuesday
Time: 7.00 – 8.30pm

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:

April 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

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

June 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

July 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

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

September 5th, 12th, 29th, 26th

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 7-9pm every Thursday at the Birmingham LGBT Community Centre. 

Dates for 2017:

April 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

May 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

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

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:

April 10th & 24th

May 8th & 22nd

June 12th & 26th

July 10th & 24th

August 14th

September 11th & 25th

October 9th & 23rd

November 13th & 27th

December 11th

Older Lesbian Network

Older Lesbian Network meets every fourth Saturday of the month at 1pm 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:

 

April 22nd

May 27th CANCELLED (Pride Weekend)

June 24th

July 22nd

August 26th

September 23rd

October 28th

November 25th

December 23rd

 

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:

April 1st

May 6th

June 3rd

July 1st

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 sights 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:

25th April

30th May

27th June

25th July

29th August

26th September

31st October

28th November

19th December

 

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 477206 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:

April 15th

May 20th

June 17th

July 16th

August 19th

September 16th

October 21st

November 18th

December 16th

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:

April 3rd

May 2nd (Tuesday)

June 5th

July 3rd

August 7th

September 4th

October 2nd

November 6th

December 4th

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:

April 18th (This is the Tuesday after Easter Monday)

May 15th

June 19th

July 17th

August 21st

September 18th

October 16th

November 20th

December 18th

 

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 of  the month, 2pm-4pm. For more information please email danauluk@blgbt.org

 

Dates for 2017:
9th April
14th May
11th June
9th July
13th August
10th September
8th October
12th November
10th December

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