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Community groups which meet at Birmingham LGBT Centre

Community Groups at the LGBT Centre

The Birmingham LGBT Centre hosts a wide range of independent social groups organised by LGBT people for LGBT people. So whether you’re interested in making new friends, pursuing a hobby or interest, or making your voice heard on issues that affect LGBT people, there’s a group for you.

Why Join a Community Group?

Overall, research has shown that group activities can contribute to well-being, feelings of social inclusion. People report increased feelings of wellbeing from taking part in group activities, particularly when they have little other access to social events or groups with a focus of shared interest or participate with people they identify with.

It also seems that being involved in group interaction with others with a shared interest can aid feelings of wellbeing. As well as having a positive benefit for individuals, group activities can also contribute to strengthening the LGBT community.

 

 

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Ageing Better LGBT Housing Group

We meet every month from 1pm to 3.30pm to discuss the housing needs of older LGBT people, including sheltered housing and care homes. At our meetings, we discuss our needs and aspirations and invite agencies to give presentations and discuss how services can be more LGBT-affirmative.

Please contact Maria on 0121 643 0821 or mariahughes@blgbt.org for more details, including venue as these may vary.

Ageing Better LGBT Housing Group is an Ageing Better Network   

Dates for 2019

September 24th at Castle Vale Community Housing

October 25th at Birmingham LGBT Centre (tbc)

November – to be confirmed

December – to be confirmed

ALBA

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/.

 

ALBA Ageing Better Network   

Dates for 2019

September 13th

October 11th

November 8th

December 13th

Bards & Books

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).

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.

Can I just turn up? Yes

 

Bards & Books is an Ageing Better Network   

Dates for 2019

September 2nd: “The Argonauts” by Maggie Nelson

October 7th: “A Very English Scandal” by John Preston

November 4th: “Two Boys Kissing” by David Levithan (also discussing what materials/literature should be available for children/young adults on an LGBT theme and what are the issues around providing such materials)

December 2nd: to be decided

BGLAD

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 7.30 to 9pm. To contact BGLAD, phone 0121 301 1284.

BGLAD is an Ageing Better Network   

Dates for 2019

January 10th & 24th

February 14th & 28th – 14th Feb not at LGBT Centre

March 14th & 28th

April 11th & 25th

May 9th & 23rd

June 13th & 27th

July 11th & 25th

August 8th & 22nd

September 12th & 26th

October 10th & 24th

November 14th & 28th

December 12th

Birmingham Lgbtq+ Writers

Birmingham LGBTQ+ Writers is a space to meet other queer writers, talk about writing, and put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) for a short writing session.

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. Join our Facebook or Meetup groups here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/678928092547328

https://www.meetup.com/Birmingham-lgbtq-writers/

 

Birmingham Lgbtq+ Writers is an Ageing Better Network   

Dates for 2019

September 7th

October 5th

November 2nd

December 7th

Birmingham South Asians LGBT - Finding A Voice

Birmingham South Asians LGBT – Finding A Voice – aims to be a positive experience, event or group with an informal, welcoming atmosphere, provide a platform to speak up, find a voice, gain recognition and acceptance.
The social/support group , hopes to empower, encourage and engage the Asian LGBT community to meet like-minded people, look at sharing experiences, ideas, organise social activities and possibly invite guest speakers to discuss issues which may be informative, educational and entertaining.

The group meets on the third Wednesday of every month at the LGBT Centre in Birmingham.

Meetings start at 6.30pm and end at 8.30pm at the LGBT Centre. Tea/Coffee and refreshments will be available.

khakanqureshi@gmail.com

FB: www.facebook.com/findingavoice

Twitter: @brumasianlgbt

Can I just turn up? Yes

Dates for 2019

September 18th

October 16th

November 20th

December 18th

Brum Bi Group

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.

The group meets at the LGBT Centre on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 7.30pm. We also meet for Brum Bi Coffee on the 4th Sunday of the month at Damascena, from 12pm.

Email: brumbicoffeegroup@gmail.com

Website: https://brumbigroup.wordpress.com/

Twitter: @BrumBiGroup & @brum_bi_coffee

Facebook: facebook.com/groups/BrumBiGroup/

Meetup: meetup.com/Brum-Bi-Group-Meetup/

Can I just turn up?  Yes

Brum Bi Group is an Ageing Better Network  

Dates for 2019

Networking meetup

September 10th

October 8th

November 12th

December 10th

 

Bisexuals & Boardgames

September 6th & 20th

October 4th & 18th

November 1st & 15th

December 6th & 20th

 

Brum Bi Coffee

September 22nd

October 27th

November 24th

December 22nd

Illuminate

Illuminate is a non religious space with no formal liturgy sacred and secular music playing. Some silence is observed in a darkened room, a discussion followed led by a group member or an informal chat in the second half.

It is a space for reflection and inspiration without a particular religious dimension.

The group meets at the Birmingham LGBT Centre on Sunday Evenings 5pm to 7pm

Contact lbradley1990@outlook.com for more details.

 

Illuminate is an Ageing Better Network  

Dates for 2019

September 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

October 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

November 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th

December 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd

Imaan Muslim LGBT+

Are you a LGBT+ person from a Muslim background or identifies as Muslim?

Imaan is a charity that supports LGBTQI Muslims. Founded in London in 1999, we campaign to ensure that no LGBTQI Muslim person in Britain feels excluded from their family, their faith or their communities. Imaan is a small, volunteer-led charity, led by and working for LGBTQI Muslims; we aim to represent the breadth of the Islamic faith and the range of identities and narratives of the LGBTQ community and our allies.

Imaan meets on the last Saturday of the month, 5pm – 7pm at the Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38/40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham, B1 1EQ. 

For more information please email info@imaan.org.uk

Feel free to join our Facebook page – Imaan – Muslim LGBTQI Support.

Dates for 2019

September 28th

October 26th

November 30th

December

Journey Asylum Seekers Group

The Journey Asylum Seekers Group is a support and social group for LGBT asylum seekers and LGBT friends, to be a community mixing across generations and cultures. We meet on the third Friday of the month.

You are welcome to just turn up, or contact Phil Hoar on 0121  453 9207 or philhoar@btinternet.com for more details.

Journey Asylum Seekers Group is an Ageing Better Network  

Dates for 2019

September 20th

October 18th

November 15th

December 20th

Journey Film Club

Bringing the Silver Screen to LGBTQ Birmingham and Friends, we show the Classics to New Releases.

We aim to show a variety of different types of films to suit all tastes.

You choose what you want to bring along and share, We hold film meetings every so often to agree a future film schedule: what films we are going to watch and when, and who is going to bring the film.

Doors open for 6.45pm for 7pm start. First and Third Tuesday of the month.

Web: http://www.journeyfilmclub.co.uk/
Contact: Journeyfilmclub@hotmail.co.uk

 

Journey Film Club is an Ageing Better Network  

Dates for 2019

Tuesday 3rd September: The Little Mermaid (1989) – 7.30pm start (1hr 25)

In Disney’s beguiling animated romp, rebellious 16-year-old mermaid Ariel is fascinated with life on land. On one of her visits to the surface, which are forbidden by her controlling father, King Triton, she falls for a human prince. Determined to be with her new love, Ariel makes a dangerous deal with the sea witch Ursula to become human for three days. But when plans go awry for the star-crossed lovers, the king must make the ultimate sacrifice for his daughter.

Tuesday 17th September: Edward II (1991) – 7.30pm start (1hr 31)

In this Derek Jarman version of Christopher Marlowe’s Elizabethan drama, in modern costumes and settings, Plantagenet king Edward II hands the power-craving nobility the perfect excuse by taking as lover (besides his diplomatic wife, the French princess Isabel, not an acceptable lady at court) but the ambitious Piers Gaveston, who uses his favour in bed even to wield political influence. The stage is set for a palace revolt which sends the gay pair from the throne to a terminal torture dungeon.

Tuesday 1st October: Handsome Devil (2016) – 7.30pm start (1hr 35)

Two underclassmen roommates at an all-boys’ boarding school eventually and unexpectedly bond; one a social outcast, the other a star rugby player. With a new English teacher challenging students to find their own voices, the boys’ friendship is tested by the rugby-obsessed expectations of others after one is found to be gay.

Tuesday 15th October: Hocus Pocus (1993) – 7.30pm start (1hr 36)

300 years have passed since the Sanderson sisters were executed for practicing dark witchcraft. Returning to life thanks to a combination of a spell spoken before their demise and the accidental actions of Max, the new-kid-in-town, the sisters have but one night to secure their continuing existence . . .

Tuesday 5th November: Beetlejuice (1988) – 7.30pm start (1hr 33)

Adam and Barbara are a normal couple . . . who happen to be dead. They have given their precious time to decorate their house and make it their own, but unfortunately a family is moving in, and not quietly. Adam and Barbara try to scare them out, but end up becoming the main attraction to the money making family. They call upon Beetlejuice to help, but Beetlejuice has more in mind than just helping.

Tuesday 19th November: The Pass (2016) – 7.30pm start (1hr 28)

Nineteen-year-old Jason and Ade have been in the Academy of a famous London football club since they were eight years old. It’s the night before their first-ever game for the first team – a Champions League match – and they’re in a hotel room in Romania. They should be sleeping, but they’re over-excited. They skip, fight, mock each other, prepare their kit, watch a teammate’s sex tape. And then, out of nowhere, one of them kisses the other. The impact of this ‘pass’ reverberates through the next ten years of their lives – a decade of fame and failure, secrets and lies, in a sporting world where image is everything.

Tuesday 3rd December: The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) – 7.30pm start (1hr 36)

In 1993, a teenage girl is forced into a gay conversion therapy centre by her conservative guardians.

Tuesday 17th December: A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) – 7pm start (1hr 44)

A Bad Moms Christmas follows our three under-appreciated and over-burdened women as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. And, as if creating a more perfect holiday for their families wasn’t hard enough, they must do all of that while hosting and entertaining their own mothers. By the end of the journey, our moms will redefine how to make the holidays special for all and discover a closer relationship with their mothers.

LGBT Line Dancing

Come along and join us for a fun night of line dancing with other LGBT people and their friends. Absolute beginners very welcome – dances are taught from scratch. We use a range of popular music to dance with (and some country music). No special dress required but wear shoes that don’t have a grip.

The class runs from 6.30-9pm every Thursday at the Birmingham LGBT Centre.

 

LGBT Line Dancing is an Ageing Better Network  

Dates for 2019

September 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st

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

December 5th, 12th, 19th

Older Lesbian Network

Older Lesbian Network meets every fourth Saturday of the month at 1pm (12pm from 2018)  at Birmingham LGBT Centre. Each meeting starts with a chat over shared food brought by the women attending and this is followed by a led discussion on a pre-arranged topic. Topics are decided by the group and usually planned about six months ahead. Sometimes group members with a special interest in a subject present ideas for discussion, other times we invite speakers with specialist knowledge. The group also meets socially from time to time for meals or theatre outings.

New members are always welcome. There is no set age limit; it is up to women who are considering attending to define ‘older’ as they wish. The focus of the group is, however, to support and value the lives of older lesbians.

Contact olnwestmidlands@gmail.com for more information.

 

OLN is an Ageing Better Network   

Dates for 2019

Please contact OLN.

Out With Prostate Cancer

The group is facilitated by volunteers from Prostate Cancer UK, working with the BGT community aimed at providing for gay and bisexual men affected by prostate cancer and trans women. All are welcome, as are partners and supporters of those impacted by prostate cancer. First Saturday of each month between 2 and 4pm.

Contact Eddie Hulme

Telephone  07970 813 599

Email  owprostatecancermidlands@gmail.com

Website  www.outwithprostatecancer.org.uk

 

Dates for 2019

September 7th

October 5th

November 2nd

December 7th

Positive Mental Health Group

The group is open to anyone with an interest in promoting a greater awareness of mental health issues across the communities of Birmingham and Solihull.
Your chance to share information, news & views with statutory agencies, voluntary sector organisations, user groups – and individual users/carers/staff.

Come and join one of the biggest mental health networking meetings in the Midlands, every month! Just turn up – no need to book.

Meetings include guest speakers, information table, light refreshments & a chance to chat and catch up.

For more information call Faheem Uddin on 07800 728 825 or visit www.positivementalhealthgroup.org 

The group meets on the last Tuesday of the month at the Centre, at 2.30pm.

Dates for 2019

September 24th

October 29th

November 26th

 

Rainbow Bridge LGBTQ Networking Group

Rainbow Bridge has been set up to bridge the gaps between lesbian, gay, bi, trans and heterosexual communities, to enable them to find out more about each other and activities, groups and services which are of interest to them. Rainbow Bridge holds weekly networking coffee mornings to ‘break the ice’ so that people can meet each other and get a taste of what different community groups can offer.

So, if you’ve ever wanted to go to a group but felt nervous about not knowing anyone, have always wondered what is offered at Birmingham LGBT Centre but have never visited, or you are looking for a group or activity that is right for you – Rainbow Bridge is here!

You are welcome to drop in, or contact rainbowbridgelgbtq@hotmail.com for more details, join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/787474638101615/ or find our events in the Birmingham LGBT Meetup group.

Rainbow Bridge is an Ageing Better Network  

Dates for 2019

September 3rd, 5th, 10th, 12th, 17th, 19th, 24th, 26th

October 1st, 3rd, 8th, 10th (World Mental Health Day), 15th, 17th, 22nd, 24th, 29th, 31st

November 5th, 7th, 12th, 14th, 19th, 21st, 26th, 28th

December 3rd, 5th, 10th, 12th, 17th, 19th

Rainbow Spirit

The spirit of friendship, sharing and support…..is a creative activities group for gay men, away from the scene. The group is related to and based on the principles of the Edward Carpenter Community, which put an emphasis on creativity and personal growth.

We meet on the third Saturday of the month. These meetings tend to be discussion based and themes have included coming out, positive ageing, ‘gay heroes’, spiritual issues. We also provide the opportunity share personal feelings in response to artwork, poetry and music, these sharings are sometimes called Heart Circles.

We also organise more social activities, such as walks, circle dance and music making, shared meals, usually at weekends, and we actively seek to make links with other groups in the area.

From 2017, the group meets on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 3pm.

For more details contact Jon on 07974 477 206 or e-mail: jonghomer@hotmail.com

Can I just turn up? yes

 

Rainbow Spirit is an Ageing Better Network  

Dates for 2019

September 21st

October 19th

November 16th

December 21st

RANG South Asian LGBT

RANG is a creative and social group open to all South Asian men and women who identify as LGBT, and takes place on the 2nd Sunday (usually) of  the month, 1pm-3pm. RANG is run by Birmingham LGBT.

For more information please email dansingh@blgbt.org

 

 

Dates for 2019

September 8th

October 13th (3rd Birthday Party)

November 10th

December 8th

Roll-Out: Dungeons & Dragons

Roll-Out: an introduction to role-playing games, first and third Thursday of the month, 6pm – 9pm

  • 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!

To find out more, contact Ben on crittersfarmboi@gmail.com or send a WhatsApp message to 07835 528 826 with your name.

 

Roll-Out is an Ageing Better Network   

Dates for 2019

September 5th & 19th

October 3rd & 17th

November 7th & 21st

December 5th & 19th

Trans Central

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.

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.

Contact Bobbi for more details on 07908 319 439.

Trans Central is an Ageing Better Network  

Dates for 2019

September 2nd

October 7th

November 4th

December 2nd

 

Trans Masculine Birmingham

Trans Masculine Birmingham is a support and advice group for all Trans guys over the age of 18, that meets once a month at LGBT Centre in Birmingham. Regardless of whether you are Gender-questioning, Transgendered, Transsexual, Gender-queer or Gender variant, the group welcomes all aspects of the Trans Masculine spectrum.

The group meets in a safe, respectful and friendly environment, with a wide range of activities from self discovery, empowerment to confidence building.

So if you would like to join or just pop along you’ll be made to feel most welcome!

The group meets once a month on the third Monday at the Birmingham LGBT Centre from 6.00pm until 8.00pm.

Contact: transmasculinebirmingham@gmail.com

Dates for 2019

16th September

21st October

18th November

16th December

 

TranSpectrum

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.

 

TranSpectrum is an Ageing Better Network   

Dates for 2019

September 16th

October 21st

November 18th

December 16th

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