August 2019 Community Events 1

Posted on 01-07-2019 by Maria Hughes

Acting Out

Thursdays 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th August, 7pm – 9pm

The Craven Arms, 47 Upper Gough Street, Birmingham B1 1JL

FREE for LGBT people of all ages

Acting Out is an open and diverse theatre and social group, based in Birmingham. We aim to provide the LGBT community and friends with a fun, relevant and interactive theatre experience. The group currently has around 40 full members who take part in all aspects of putting on productions, from writing scripts and directing to technical and performance.

If you would like to join us, but you’re nervous about coming to the first meeting, please contact and we will arrange to meet and greet you.



Friday 9th August, 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38-40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham B1 1EQ

FREE for LBT women asylum seekers and refugees

ALBA is a support group for women asylum seekers or refugees. If you are a lesbian, bisexual or transgender woman and have come to the UK to seek asylum, then you will be very welcome to come and join us at our monthly meetings on the second Friday of the month at Birmingham LGBT Centre.

At our meetings, we spend some of the time listening to anyone who wants to discuss their case and share ideas to overcome their challenges. We also celebrate members’ birthday with gifts and share donated toiletries, clothing and other items.

We can support our members further by accompanying them to LGBT and arts events, as well as to appointments such as those with doctors or solicitors. We may be able to support the costs of travel.

Further information at


Bards & Books

Monday 5th August, from 11am

Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38-40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham B1 1EQ

FREE for LGBT + allies of all ages

We are a friendly, welcoming group who read and discuss books of interest to the LGBT community. Tea and coffee provided (30p contributions welcome); lunch together afterwards is optional. We meet on the first Monday of the month (second Monday, if the first is a bank holiday).

In August, we will be discussing “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” by Emily M Danforth.

In September, we will be discussing “The Argonauts” by Maggie Nelson.

If you can’t make a meeting, join the mailing list and you will be sent a review of the book, based on the group discussion. To find out more, and join the mailing list:



Thursdays 8th & 22nd August, 7.30pm – 9pm

Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38-40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham B1 1EQ

FREE for LGBT + allies of all ages

Birmingham Gays and Lesbians Against Depression is a friendly support and social group for those suffering from depression or other mental illness; all our members understand depression or other conditions like anxiety, OCD or stress. The group cannot offer counselling or individual support but can guide towards options, and is part of the MIND peer support network of groups across the country.

We meet on alternate Thursday evenings (the second and fourth Thursday each month) from 7.30pm to 9pm. To contact BGLAD, phone 0121 301 1284.


Boot Women: Bewdley

Sunday 11th August, 11.30am

Dog Lane car park, Bewdley DY12 2EF

For Lesbians, Bi Women and Women Allies

Boot Women is a walking group for women, primarily lesbians, based in Birmingham and the surrounding areas. We meet on the second Sunday of the month.

In August, we will go on an exciting four mile walk with steam train return. We will set off from Bewdley, walking alongside the river and through parkland to Seckley Wood where we can take a break. Then on to Arley Station to join the Severn Valley Railway and take a steam train back to Bewdley (there will be a charge for travel). Unfortunately dogs are not allowed on the train.

Meet for shared lifts at Cannon Hill Park (Russell Road car park, B13 8RD) for 10.30 departure. Or go directly to the start of walk at Dog Lane car park (DY12 2EF), ready to leave at 11.30am. Charges to park are £4.60 for up to six hours so it’s a good idea to car share.

Bring a packed lunch and something to sit on. A fee of £1 is required to cover costs of admin. Additionally, donations for Women’s Aid of £1 (or more) are welcome.

Any enquiries or just to let us know you’re on your way and/or running late, call or text the Boot Women phone: 07754 530 130. For more information, see


Brum Bi Group

No Networking Meetup: AGM is on 13th August (see Featured Events)

Bisexuals & Boardgames: Fridays 2nd & 16th August, 6.30pm – 9pm

Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38-40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham B1 1EQ

FREE for Bi + allies from 18+

Brum Bi Group is a safe and friendly social and peer support group for people aged 18+ for anybody who fits under the bisexual umbrella, whether they identify or are questioning their sexuality/romantic life.

Brum Bi Group meets once a month on a Tuesday evening from 7.30pm until 9pm for a Networking Meetup, 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.

You are also welcome to join us for board and tabletop card games at Bisexuals & Boardgames, on the first and third Friday of the month. Feel free to bring your own games, use our own games supplied or just simply take part and watch.

For more details, contact We are also on Meetup here:


Brum Bi Group: Brum Bi Coffee

Sunday 25th August, 12pm – 4pm

Damascena, 5-7 Temple Row West, Birmingham B2 5NY

For bisexual people and allies

Need a bit of a break from mainstream life? Come and have a good chat and a brew at Brum Bi Coffee!

Brum Bi Coffee meets every fourth Sunday of the month, from 12pm till 4pm, at Damascena, on Temple Row. Look out for a small purple unicorn named ‘Xena’ on one of the tables to find us.

For more details, contact We are also on Meetup here: