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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 currently meet every quarter 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.

Dates for 2023

Meetings will take place in March; June; September; December.

Bards & Books

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

We meet the first Monday of the month at Birmingham LGBT Centre. Contact bardsandbooks@gmail.com for more information, and to join our mailing list.


Bards and Books Podcasting

Bards and Books, the Birmingham book club, is sponsoring a new, independent podcasting opportunity for the local and regional LGBT community. Our emphasis is on older people, but younger people also welcome! You may not have had the chance to pick up on what podcasting’s all about, so do get in touch.

Our Podcasting project follows on from grant-funded developmental work post-COVID, with our members and Brum FM.  Contact David: housered@hotmail.co.uk

Dates for 2023

9 January (a week later due to Bank Holiday)

6 February

6 March

3 April

8 May (a week later due to Bank Holiday)

5 June

3 July

7 August

4 September

2 October

6 November

4 December

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 meet on the third Thursday of the month at Birmingham LGBT Centre.

New faces are very welcome.

Contact brumlgbtqwriters@gmail.com

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We also meet in other venues on other dates – please contact for details.

Dates for 2023

January 12

February 9

March 9

April 13

May 11

June 8

July 13

August 10

September 14

October 12

November 9

December 14

Cafe Queer (was BGLAD)

Cafe Queer 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 facilitated by Birmingham Mind.

We meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, at Birmingham LGBT Centre.

Contact JulieCarnell@birminghammind.org for more information.


Dates for 2023

January 12 & 26

February 9 & 23

March 9 & 23

April 13 & 27

May 11 & 25

June 8 & 22

July 13 & 27

August 10 & 24

September 14 & 28

October 12 & 26

November 9 & 23

December 14

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 a 6.30pm start. First and Third Tuesday of the month.

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

Dates for 2023

3rd January 2023: Hair

Claude, a young man from Oklahoma who comes to New York City, strikes up a friendship with a group of hippies, and falls in love. Their happiness is short because Claude must go to the Vietnam war.

17th January 2023: Cry-Baby

In 1950s Baltimore, a bad boy with a heart of gold wins the love of a good girl, whose boyfriend sets out for revenge, in this cult classic directed by John Waters.

7th February 2023: Pride

Based on a true story, the film depicts a group of lesbian and gay activists who raised money to help families affected by the British miners’ strike in 1984, at the outset of what would become the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign.

21st February 2023: Tucked

A raw and tender drama about an ageing 80 year old drag queen who forms an unlikely friendship with a younger queen, both struggling with their own issues of gender identity and mortality.

7th March 2023: Hedwig and the Angry Inch

A gender-queer punk-rock singer from East Berlin tours the US with her band as she tells her life story and follows the former lover/band-mate who stole her songs.

LBTQ+ Women's Forum and Social Group

Birmingham LGBT has a Facebook group for Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer, Trans+ identifying women and 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.
We also run a monthly online social, to relax and chat, or just listen if you don’t feel like talking.
To join, or if you have any questions, please email AlexusSavage@blgbt.org.
Visit our Events Calendar for details of how to book.

Dates for 2023

See https://blgbt.org/events/



NA (Narcotics Anonymous) LGBTQ-all inclusive group

Narcotics Anonymous is a community of people who support each other to achieve and maintain a drug free life. The only requirement for participation in NA is a desire to stop using drugs.  NA is not allied with any religion, institution or other organisation. NA exists solely so that its members can support each other to stay drug free and to help others achieve and maintain a drug free recovery and lifestyle. NA is free.

We meet every Wednesday at Birmingham LGBT Centre, from 7pm to 8.15pm. Tea and coffee provided, donations welcome.

You will find transport information here: https://meetings.ukna.org/meeting/search

Any questions, call 07917 718 810.

Dates for 2023

Every Wednesday evening from 4 January

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.

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 meet monthly, generally on either a Friday evening or a Saturday afternoon. For more details contact Jon on 07974 477 206.

Dates for 2022

January 21st

February 17th

March 18th

Trans Central

Trans Central is a transgender community support group that meets in Birmingham  on a monthly basis, and offers further support via Discord and Facebook community groups. We welcome members who identity as trans women/ transfeminine, non-binary or questioning.

The group provided 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, increasing knowledge, and empowering individuals in a relaxed, comfortable, safe and friendly environment. 

We meet on the first Monday of the month at Birmingham LGBT Centre.

Dates in 2023


Trans Masculine Birmingham

Trans Masculine Birmingham (TMB) is a peer-to-peer support and social group for any adult aged 18+, who identifies as trans male, trans masculine, non binary and/or gender questioning. It is run by a committee team that rotates once a year. Our meetings range from relaxed social events such as picnics and arts & crafts, to focusing on specific topics such as transition related (e.g. changing names, accessing trans healthcare and updating paperwork), parenthood, and relationship health.

We meet once a month on a Monday. If you would like to join or find out more about us, please get in touch via our email: transmasculinebirmingham@gmail.com


Well Body and Mind for Men GBTQ+ Social

We host a friendly meeting at Birmingham LGBT Centre every third Saturday from 4-5pm which is open to Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/ Questioning+ Men.

You are also welcome to 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 for 2023

January 7 & 28

February 18

March 11

April 1



Our face-to-face group for South Asian and Middle Eastern LGBTQI+ people together.

Our aim is to create a safe and welcoming space and promote positive health and wellbeing.

We meet monthly on Saturdays between 4pm and 6pm.

For more details, please call Naazim on 0121 643 0821 or email naazimqureshi@blgbt.org.

Dates for 2023

March 18th

April 15th

May 6th

June 17th

July 8th


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