October 2019 Community Events 3

Posted on 30-09-2019 by Maria Hughes

Rainbow Bridge LGBTQ Networking Group

Tuesday coffee mornings: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th October, 11am – 1pm

Thursday coffee mornings: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st October, 12.30pm – 2.30pm

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

FREE for LGBT + allies of all ages (donations welcome)

Rainbow Bridge is holding our regular Tuesday and Thursday Coffee Mornings in the old café space in the Birmingham LGBT Centre as part of the Ageing Better in Birmingham programme.

We welcome everyone for refreshments and a chance to meet and chat with other LGBTQAAI attendees. Our aim is to provide a non commercial space where for a few hours you can socialise and relax in good company.

There is no charge for the refreshments but any donations of snacks you enjoy or cash donations are welcome.

For more information, contact rainbowbridgelgbtq@hotmail.com, join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/787474638101615/ or find our events in the Birmingham LGBT Meetup group.

On 10th October, we will be holding a special World Mental Health Day event, showcasing services for the LGBT community to support and improve good mental health.


Rainbow Pooch in the Café

Sunday 6th October, 3pm – 5pm

Boston Tea Party, The School Yard, 106 High Street, Harborne, Birmingham B17 9NJ

For LGBTQIA+ dog walkers of all ages

Love Dogs? Have a Dog? Identify as LGBTQIA+? Then come along to one of our dog-friendly events.

At Rainbow Pooch Pride we recognise that canine companionship can make a big difference in the lives of LGBTQIA+ individuals. Whether it is lending a non-judgmental ear in times of need, providing unconditional love and acceptance, or becoming an integral member of our ‘alternate’ families, these four-legged friends are always there offering their silent support service. Whether it’s a walk in the park, or a conversation over coffee and cake, our friendly and informal social events bring the LGBTQIA+ community together through the love of dogs. So join us to say #thankyoudogs

Rainbow Pooch in the Café is on the first Sunday of every month in the upstairs room of Boston Tea Party, Harborne. Meet up for board games, cake, coffee and conversation!

For more information, please contact Gina on hello@rainbowpoochpride.com or message on WhatsApp on 07812 398 361. Website: http://www.rainbowpoochpride.com.


Rainbow Pooch in the Park

Sundays 13th & 27th October, 1pm – 4pm

Car Park, Highbury Park, 20 Shutlock Lane, Kings Heath, Birmingham B13 8QE

FREE for LGBTQIA+ dog walkers of all ages

Rainbow Pooch in the Park meets on the second and last Sunday of every month. Join us out in nature for a social dog walk. The first hour is for dogs that prefer to walk on-lead and is followed by an off-lead walk thereafter. Come along to either or join us for both!

Please note: We have to manage the number of dogs at each event so if you’re coming be sure to RSVP.

For more information, please contact Gina on hello@rainbowpoochpride.com or message on WhatsApp on 07812 398 361. Website: http://www.rainbowpoochpride.com.


Rainbow Spirit

Saturday 19th October, 3pm –6pm

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

FREE for gay men of all ages (donations welcome)

Rainbow Spirit is a community of men attracted to men who meet to develop personal empowerment, friendship and support. We aim to do this by exploring our sexuality, deriving strength and support from each other in the face of continued homophobia. We embrace mind, body, and spirit through a diversity of activities, discussions, and sharing of our different experiences.

During our Saturday meeting, as well as our specific activities, we always make time for a chat together over tea and biscuits. We ask for a small donation of £3 during the meeting. This goes towards to our Hardship Fund, which means, for example, that we can give bus fares to the asylum seekers who attend. Occasionally, we arrange additional social events where we might go for a walk, watch a film, visit the theatre or just enjoy a coffee together.

Please feel free to join us from 3pm -6pm on the third Saturday of the month. You will be warmly welcomed.

For more details, contact Jon on 07974 477206, e-mail jonghomer@hotmail.com. We are also on the Meetup website as Rainbow Spirit Bham – celebrating our lives as gay / bi men – mind/body/spirit.


Roll-Out: an introduction to role-playing games

Thursdays 3rd & 17th October, 6pm – 9pm

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

FREE for LGBT+ people of all ages

  • Ever fancied adventuring through sprawling caves filled with monsters and treasures?
  • Thought what it would be like to stare down a dragon and tell it a joke?
  • Well wonder no longer, and join us in a campaign of Dungeons & Dragons.

The most popular table-top role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons features a vast array of excitement, challenges and fantastically fun role play. Create your character and set off on your adventure, growing and adapting on the fly, and sometimes flying … cause yeah that’s a thing!

Open to all ages, absolutely anyone is welcome to join. You’ll need just two things: imagination and a willingness to participate. We meet twice a month on the first and third Thursday.

If you have any questions or enquiries please feel free to email me on crittersfarmboi@gmail.com or send a WhatsApp message to 07835 528 826 with your name. I look forward to seeing you there, sincerely, your Dungeon Master Ben Baker.


Sutton Rainbow Social

Wednesday 30th October, from 7pm

Quinto Lounge, 21-23 Birmingham Road, Sutton Coldfield B72 1QA

For LGBT + allies

We are inviting LGBTQI people from all over Sutton Coldfield – and surrounding areas – to get to know each other in cosy surroundings. Come and find Maria & Richard at the Quinto Lounge, near the back.

Just turn up, or for more info, please contact Maria on mariahughes@blgbt.org. You can also RSVP on Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Birmingham-LGBT-Meetup/events/264182265/.


Trans Central

Monday 7th October, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

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

FREE for M-to-F trans people and allies

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 6.30pm (Tuesday if the Monday is a bank holiday).

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 programmes and events, which will work towards helping improve confidence, increase knowledge, and empowering Trans women, while in a relaxed, comfortable, safe and friendly environment.

You are also welcome to use the changing facilities at Birmingham LGBT Centre.

Contact Bobbi for more details on 07908 319 439.



Monday 21st October, 6.30pm – 8.45pm

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

FREE for trans and NB people

TranSpectrum offers a supportive space for all people of non-cis-gendered identities with a Semi-Structured discussion and/or activity at each meeting surrounding gender identity as well as time to chat, network and have some tea. We meet every month on the third Monday.

You can just turn up, or email Lorna on Doctorwhogfm@hotmail.co.uk or text 07910 096 241.