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Community groups which meet at Birmingham LGBT Centre

Community Groups at the LGBT Centre

BIRMINGHAM LGBT CENTRE IS CURRENTLY CLOSED due to Covid-19/ Coronavirus, but some groups are organising events online and in-person

We are aware that some groups are finding other ways to stay in contact and socialise safely. We will try to keep this page up-to-date as information is sent in. If you have any enquiries, please contact the group directly in the first instance, otherwise, call 0121 643 0821 or email hello@blgbt.org


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.



Find out about our clinics

Ageing Better LGBT Housing Group - MEETING ONLINE

We currently meet every other 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 2021

Next meeting: 15 September


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.


ALBA is an Ageing Better Network   

No meetings at Birmingham LGBT until further notice


Bards & Books - MEETING ONLINE

During the pandemic, until we can meet in person again, Bards & Books is organising online via Zoom with existing members, but we can accommodate new members who would like to join us.

We are a friendly, welcoming group who read and discuss books of interest to the LGBT community.

If you would like to join our monthly Zoom meetings (first Monday of each month at 11am), please contact us via bardsandbooks@gmail.com.

If you can’t make the meetings or do not wish to Zoom, you can still join the mailing list and you will be sent a review of the book, based on the group discussion – use the email address above.


Bards & Books is an Ageing Better Network   

Dates for 2021

Not currently open to new members.


BGLAD - contact for support

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.

To contact BGLAD, phone 07713 711 502.

BGLAD is an Ageing Better Network   

No meetings at Birmingham LGBT until further notice

Not currently open to new members.

Birmingham LGBTQ+ Writers - MEETING ONLINE

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.

Join us on Zoom for a catch-up, and some creative writing exercises!

14:00-14:40 – Introductions, catch-up, first writing exercise.
14:40-14:45 – break
14:45-15:20 – second writing exercise, optional sharing.

After this we’ll open a breakout room til around 4pm for anyone who wants to have a social chat.

New faces are very welcome.


Contact brumlgbtqwriters@gmail.com

Join our Facebook or Meetup groups here:




Birmingham Lgbtq+ Writers is an Ageing Better Network   

Dates for 2021

January 23

February 20

March 20

April 24

May 29

June 26

July 24

August 21

September 18

October 23



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.

Contact us to join our Facebook group and find out about our online and in-person activities.

Email: brumbicoffeegroup@gmail.com

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

Twitter: @BrumBiGroup & @brum_bi_coffee

Facebook: facebook.com/groups/BrumBiGroup/

Brum Bi Group is an Ageing Better Network  

Dates for 2021

See https://blgbt.org/events/


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  

No meetings at Birmingham LGBT until further notice


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.

No meetings at Birmingham LGBT until further notice


Journey Asylum Seekers Group - MEETING ONLINE

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 stay in contact with a WhatsApp group, monthly Zoom meetings and picnics. We hope to be meeting regularly in person soon.

Contact Phil Hoar on 07484 837 773 or philhoar@btinternet.com for more details.

Journey Asylum Seekers Group is an Ageing Better Network  

Dates for 2021

See https://blgbt.org/events/


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  

No meetings at Birmingham LGBT until further notice

LBTQ+ Women's Forum and Social Group - MEETING ONLINE

Welcome to Birmingham LGBT’s first online (Facebook) group for Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer, Trans+ identifying women. This is also a safe space for Non-binary people who want to join a group that centres women. This is a space to share opinions, seek support from peers and get advice. This group will be closely monitored by Georgia (me!). I am the Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Sexual Health Outreach Worker at Birmingham LGBT. As part of my role I support Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer+ Women with a range of things including sexual health testing, support in coming out to family, internalised homophobia and emotional issues-to name a few!
If you have any questions you can direct message me or email: georgiapattison@blgbt.org.
We also run a social via Zoom, on the second and fourth Friday of the month, from 6pm to 7pm.
Visit our Events Calendar for details of how to book.

Dates for 2021

See https://blgbt.org/events/



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  

No meetings at Birmingham LGBT until further notice


Married Men's Group - not currently meeting

The Maried Mens Group will have its last online social on zoom on April 30th 5-6pm and after this date will be paused until further notice.
We would like to thank all those who have attended over the last 12 months and do hope it was helpful and we are grateful for the input you have shared.
Support and information will still be offered through our one to one support services and you can contact us on 0121 643 0821 for further information and support.

Best wishes,
(MMG facilitator)

Dates for 2021



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   

No meetings at Birmingham LGBT until further notice

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 07462 991 116

Email  owprostatecancermidlands@gmail.com

Website  www.outwithprostatecancer.org.uk


No meetings at Birmingham LGBT until further notice


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.

No meetings at Birmingham LGBT until further notice


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@gmail.com for more details, join our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/RainbowBridgeLGBTQ/ or find our events in the Birmingham LGBT Meetup group.

Rainbow Bridge is an Ageing Better Network  

Every Thursday at 11am, city centre venue – contact Rainbow Bridge for details.



Rainbow Pooch Pride - MEETING ONLINE

Love Dogs?
Identify as LGBTQIA+?

Rainbow Pooch Pride brings the LGBTQIA+ community through the love of dogs. These fun and friendly online meet – ups will feature a range of special guests introducing the art of Doga (yoga with dogs), dogwatching (study of animal behaviour), canine massage and mindfulness with dogs.

Join us for a healthy happy start to 2021!

Register for free at Rainbow Pooch Pride Events: https://rainbowpoochpride.com/events/list/



Rainbow Pooch Pride is an Ageing Better Network   

Dates for 2021


Rainbow Spirit - MEETING ONLINE

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.

Our 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 are now meeting online (via Zoom) twice a month, generally on the first Friday evening and the third Saturday afternoon. For more details contact Jon on 07974 477 206.


Rainbow Spirit is an Ageing Better Network  

Dates for 2021

See https://blgbt.org/events/


RANG is a social/support group open to all South Asian & Middle Eastern men who may identify as gay or bisexual.

RANG aims to reduce feelings of isolation and exclusion and bring together men from similar cultural backgrounds and experiences.

RANG meets on the second and fourth Thursday of the month.

Visit our Events Calendar for details of how to book.

For more information please email dansingh@blgbt.org


Dates for 2021

See https://blgbt.org/events/


Roll-Out: Dungeons & Dragons - MEETING ONLINE

Due to the current circumstances the face-to-face groups are suspended but the game is still continuing online! Please contact Ben to join up. (see below). Must have a phone capable of downloading Discord or a computer that can run it.


FREE for LGBT+ people of all ages

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 weekly online, every Tuesday or Thursday evening.

If you would like to attend please email me on crittersfarmboi@gmail.com or send a WhatsApp message to 07835 528 826 with your name so I can prepare a character with you beforehand, due to limited time at session to do this. I look forward to seeing you there, sincerely, your Dungeon Master Ben Baker.

Roll-Out is an Ageing Better Network  

Dates for 2021

Every Thursday evening between 6pm and 9pm

Every Tuesday evening between 6pm and 9pm

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 07895 841 778.


Trans Central is an Ageing Better Network  

No meetings at Birmingham LGBT until further notice


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

No meetings at Birmingham LGBT until further notice



UNUH is an online peer social group, for gay, bi, queer and trans men of colour.

We meet on the last Wednesday of the month, 6pm to 7pm, on Zoom.

For more details, contact Peter Rowe peterrowe@blgbt.org.

Visit our Events Calendar for details of how to book.


Dates in 2021

See https://blgbt.org/events/

Well Body and Mind for Men GBTQ+ Social - MEETING ONLINE

We are hosting a friendly Zoom on the 3rd Friday of every month from 6-7pm which is open to Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/ Questioning+ Men.

Visit our Events Calendar for details of how to book.
Zoom details will be sent out on the day of the social.

In the meantime, please check out our online peer support group and feel free to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3103361133057717

For more details, contact Stuart Payne: stuartpayne@blgbt.org.

Dates in 2021

See https://blgbt.org/events/

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