Community Events November 1

Posted on 06-11-2019 by Maria Hughes

Acting Out

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


Ageing Better LGBT Housing Group

Friday 22nd November, 1pm – 3.30pm

Bournville Village Trust, 350 Bournville Lane, Birmingham B30 1QY

FREE for LGBT + allies + housing & care professionals

Ageing Better LGBT Housing Group welcomes members of the LGBT community and professionals from housing and care providers, to discuss the needs of LGBT people and support sensitive and appropriate services. We meet monthly, alternating Birmingham LGBT with other venues.

This month we are meeting at Bournville Village Trust. You are welcome to come from 12.30pm and bring your lunch; tea and coffee is available.

Please contact Maria on 0121 643 0821 or if you would like to attend.



Friday 8th November, 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.

To find out more, contact or visit


Bards & Books

Monday 4th November, 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 November, we will be discussing “Two Boys Kissing” by David Levithan. We will also be considering what materials/ literature should be available for children/ young adults on an LGBT theme and what are the issues around providing such materials.

In December, members can either bring a piece of text that they have written themselves or bring a piece by another writer that has some significance for them. Pieces should be no longer than 500 words and have some (can be very loose) connection to Christmas and LGBT. Please email your choice to Bards & Books (see below) by Friday 29th November so that they can be shared and read prior to the meeting.

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 14th & 28th November, 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.


Birmingham Lgbtq+ Writers

Saturday 2nd November, 1pm – 3pm

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

FREE to LGBTQIA+ adults

We usually start with introductions and a bit of a discussion, do a writing prompt in the middle, and then end with tea and some optional sharing of work.

All parts are optional, and all levels of experience and genres of writing are welcome, including non-fiction, poetry and drama. This is peer-led so there is no ‘teacher’ although there will usually be some notes/quotes to jump off from. We’re here to learn from each other!  Basic refreshments provided, feel free to bring your own snacks.

November’s meeting is a Plot Surgery: Feel free to bring anything you’re working on, any plans or plots you want to share, or any tricky plot points you might like feedback on – sometimes talking about it can bring up new ideas.

No need to book. See our Facebook page here: or our Meetup group: