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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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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

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).

Can I just turn up? Yes

For further information contact bardsandbooks@gmail.com.

 

Bards & Books is an Ageing Better Network   

Dates for 2019

January 7th: “The Line of Beauty” by Alan Hollinghurst

February 4th: “Her Shadow” by Sally Xerri-Brooks

March 4th: “The Charioteer” by Mary Renault

April 1st: “Against the Law” by Peter Wildeblood

May 13th: “Kiss and Make Up” by Carl Stanley

June 3rd: “The Paying Guests” by Sarah Waters

July 1st: A selection of poetry by U A Fanthorpe

August 5th: “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” by Emily M Danforth

September 2nd: “The Argonauts” by Maggie Nelson

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

November 4th: to be decided

December 2nd: to be decided

 

Ageing Better LGBT Housing Group

We meet every month 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.

Ageing Better LGBT Housing Group is an Ageing Better Network   

Dates for 2019

25th January

22nd February

22nd March – no meeting: LGBT Housing Conference

26th April

24th May

28th June

No meeting in July

19th August: group visit to Optivo Housing

27th September

25th October

22nd November

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

 

Brum Bi Group

Brum Bi Group is a group of mixed people and personalities who happen to be bisexual and who live in or around Birmingham (UK).

Brum Bi Group meets on the second Tuesday of the month 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.

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.

Bisexuals and Boardgames is back!!! Join us for board and tabletop card games at Holloway’s Café from 6.30pm-9pm.

Feel free to bring your own games, use our own games supplied or just simply take part and watch.

We’ll be heading to The Dragon Inn afterwards to continue our gaming fun. See you there!

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

January 8th

February 12th

March 12th

April 9th

May 14th

June 11th

July 9th

August 13th

September 10th

October 8th

November 12th

December 10th

 

Bisexuals & Boardgames

January 4th & 18th

February 1st & 15th

March 1st & 15th

April 5th

May 3rd & 17th

June 7th & 21st

July 5th & 19th

August 2nd & 16th

September 6th & 20th

October 4th & 18th

November 1st & 15th

December 6th & 20th

 

Brum Bi Coffee

January 27th

February 24th

March 24th

April 28th

May 26th

June 23rd

July 28th

August 25th

September 22nd

October 27th

November 24th

December 22nd

DUDEZ - BME Peer Support

A Safe & Non-judgmental Space To Share Experiences With Other Afro-Caribbean & African Gay, Bisexual or Questioning Men.

Meeting monthly – please get in touch for an update on dates, times & location (to be chosen by group members)

Topics of discussion may include :

  • Sexual health (HIV & S.T.Is)
  • The complexities of being a Black Gay, Bisexual, Trans or Questioning Man
  • Self Esteem
  • Relationships
  • Homophobia
  • Safety Online
  • Self Affirmation

Please feel free to come along, call 0121 643 0821 for more details

Find DUDEZ on Facebook and kik

Email: sexualhealth@blgbt.org

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.

Imaan is an Ageing Better Network  

Dates for 2019

January 26th

February 23rd

March 30th

April 27th

No meeting in May due to Birmingham Pride

June 29th

No meeting in July

August 31st

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.

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

January 18th

February 15th

March 15th

April

May 17th

June 21st

July 19th

August 16th

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  

Tuesday 6th August: The Festival

7pm start

After his girlfriend dumps him at graduation, a young man thinks his life is over. His best friend has the perfect solution: three days at a giant music festival.

Tuesday 20th August: Happy Together

Lai (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) and his boyfriend, Ho (Leslie Cheung), arrive in Argentina from Hong Kong, seeking a better life. Their highly contentious relationship turns abusive and results in numerous break-ups and reconciliations. When Lai befriends another man, Chang (Chen Chang), he sees the futility of continuing with the promiscuous Ho. Chang, however, is on his own personal journey and, ultimately, both Lai and Ho find themselves far from home and desperately lonely.

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.

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

January 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

February 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th

March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st

April 7th, 14th, 28th (21st is Easter Sunday)

May 5th, 12th, 19th, (26th to be confirmed: Pride weekend)

June 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

July 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

August 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

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

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

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

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

LGBT Table Tennis Club

Where: The Vault
When: every Tuesday
Time: 6.30-8.00pm

Come and play Table Tennis at the LGBT Centre, this fun dynamic game is a cheap and accessible sport played by 2.4m people in the United Kingdom. For people of all ages and abilities, table tennis clubs provide the best place to learn and play the sport.

It’s a good way to stay in shape and a great social activity.

FREE Admission

WHY PLAY?

One of the main benefits of playing table tennis is that it is non-contact. This means you can get all the positives of a high-energy sport such as football without the risk of collision injuries to the arms, shoulders and legs.

It is also one of the few competitive sports that requires players to move at speed without straining the muscles or joints through stretching or using heavy equipment.

For people returning from injury or the elderly, table tennis tennis can be the perfect sport to sustain fitness levels.

The action of having to hit a fast-moving ball with a bat several times a second means table tennis also improves reflexes, eye-to-hand coordination, mental alertness and speed of movement.

Line Dancing

Come along and join us for a fun night of line dancing with other LBGT 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. 

 

 

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.

For more information contact Tracey on teafothergill@gmail.com or call 07930 390 568

Dates for 2019

 

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 813599

Email  owprostatecancermidlands@gmail.com

Website  www.outwithprostatecancer.org.uk

 

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

 

Rainbow Bridge

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.

Rainbow Bridge is an Ageing Better Network  

Dates for 2019

January 8th (AGM), 10th, 15th, 17th, 22nd, 24th, 29th, 31st

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

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

April 2nd, 4th, 9th, 11th, 16th, 18th, 23rd, 25th, 30th

May 2nd, 7th, 9th, 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, 28th, 30th

June 4th, 6th, 11th, 13th, 18th, 20th, 25th, 27th

July 2nd, 4th, 9th, 11th, 16th, 18th, 23rd, 25th, 30th

August 1st, 6th, 8th, 13th, 15th, 20th, 22nd, 27th, 29th

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

October 1st, 3rd, 8th, 10th, 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

January 19th

February 16th

March 16th

April 20th

May 18th

June 15th

July 20th

August 17th

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

 

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

January 7th

February 4th

March 4th

April 1st

May 7th (Tuesday)

June 3rd

July 1st

August 5th

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

21st January

18th February – at GEEK RETREAT

18th March

15th April

20th May

17th June

15th July

19th August

16th September

21st October

18th November

16th December

 

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