October 2019 Community Events 1

Posted on 30-09-2019 by Maria Hughes

Acting Out

Thursdays 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st October,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 actingoutchair@gmail.com and we will arrange to meet and greet you.

Don’t forget to book your tickets for “An Ideal Husband” by Oscar Wilde at Midland Arts Centre, Friday 1st November, 7pm; Saturday, 2nd November, 2pm and 7pm. Tickets cost from £7 and you can book online at https://macbirmingham.co.uk/event/an-ideal-husband or call MAC on 0121 446 3232, or buy at the MAC box office.


Ageing Better LGBT Housing Group

Wednesday 23rd October, 1pm – 3.30pm

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

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.

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 mariahughes@blgbt.org if you would like to attend.



Friday 11th October, 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 albalbtwomenbirmingham@gmail.com or visit https://albalbtwomenbirmingham.wordpress.com/.


Bards & Books

Monday 7th October, 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 October, we will be discussing “A Very English Scandal” by John Preston.

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.

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: bardsandbooks@gmail.com.



Thursdays 10th & 24th October, 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 5th October, 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.

No need to book. See our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/blgbtqwriters/ or our Meetup group: https://www.meetup.com/Birmingham-lgbtq-writers/.


Boot Women: walk

Sunday 13th October, 11am

Route to be announced

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.

A fee of £1 is required to cover costs of admin. Additionally, donations for Women’s Aid of £1 (or more) are welcome. Remember to bring some lunch/drinks and something to sit on.

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 http://www.bootwomen.org.uk/


Brum Bi Group

Networking Meetup: Tuesday 8th October, 7.30pm – 9pm

Bisexuals & Boardgames: Fridays 4th & 18th October, 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, 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.


Brum Bi Group: Brum Bi Coffee

Sunday 27th October, 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 brumbicoffeegroup@gmail.com. We are also on Meetup here: https://www.meetup.com/Brum-Bi-Group-Meetup/.