May Updates

Posted on 06-06-2016 by Adam Carver

May has been another busy month for Birmingham LGBT!

We’ve been working away to get everything ready for Birmingham Pride:

We’ve seen a brilliant programme of arts events for ‘Queer Arts at Birmingham Pride’ including a mix of film screenings, exhibitions, comedy, and live music. Look out for more queer arts events in Birmingham all year round on the SHOUT Festival Website and for SHOUT Festival returning to the city in November.

Members of our community groups, volunteers, and staff from the centre marched behind the Birmingham LGBT banner in the annual Pride Parade through the city centre (keep scrolling for more information about Volunteering).

The Sexual Health Team launched our new sexual health services over the Pride Weekend with a team of Volunteers meeting hundreds of people out in the main Pride area offering advice, condoms, and testing.

The centre and Moments Cafe were open across the weekend providing free entertainment, events, and spaces to socialise with over 200 people attending. We were delighted to welcome the Birmingham Gay Symphony Orchestra, Rainbow Voice, Acting Out, Journey Film Club, Amnesty, and acoustic singers Faye Bagley and Zara Sykes to the centre. There was a brilliant atmosphere in the building and we were delighted to welcome familiar faces as well as lots of new people to the centre. Keep an eye out for more free events happening through the year on the BLGBT website.

In addition to pride, our celebrations our fitness programme ‘ACTIVATE’ has been keeping busy:
– TAGS (Trans and Gender-Nonconforming Swimming Group) monthly swim & aqua yoga had their biggest attendance to date with 14 people splashing and stretching at Moseley Road Baths. Next session 12th June.
– Casual Ballroom, Latin and European Pair Dancing from Helga and Lynda got off to a brilliant start on 16th May with 21 people twirling round the All Saints Community Centre dance floor. Next session 6th June.
– 6 cyclists led by volunteer Andrew found 2 hours between showers on Saturday 21st May to go on an excellent route from Edgbaston Reservoir through hidden Harborne Walkway, Bournbrook Walkway and back along the canal.
  • Our first early morning class started. Pilates is 7:45am every Thursday, in The Vault for an hour.

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