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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 2018

April 12th & 26th

May 10th & 24th

June 14th & 26th

July 12th & 26th

August 9th & 23rd

September 13th & 27th

October 11th & 25th

November 8th

Bards & Books

Bards & Books is a free and open-to-ALL LGBT-based book group/club.

We meet to talk about the book chosen by the group the previous month. Anyone interested in reading and discussing books of relevance to the LGBT community will receive a warm welcome. The group ethic is to be open to all with a free and easy atmosphere – you don’t even need to have read the book you will still be welcome.

We meet on the first Monday of the month with some special events added throughout the year. All meetings commence at 11am at the Birmingham LGBT Centre.

Can I just turn up? Yes

For further information contact bardsandbooks@gmail.com.

 

Bards & Books is an Ageing Better Network   

Dates for 2018

May 14th* Week later because of Bank Holiday: “Day’s Without End” by Sebastian Barry

June 4th: “Two Gentlemen Sharing” by William Corlett

July 2nd: a selection of poems from “The World’s Wife” by Carol Ann Duffy

August 6th: “The Gustav Sonata” by Rose Tremaine

September 3rd: “Logical Family – A Memoir” by Armistead Maupin

October 1st

November 5th

December 3rd

Ageing Better LGBT Housing Group

We meet every two months 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 2018

7th September

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 2018

April 18th

May 16th

June 20th

July 18th

August 15th

September 19th

October 17th

November 21st

December 19th

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 Cafe Soya, from 1.30pm.

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 2018

April 10th (networking); 22nd (coffee); 6th & 20th (boardgames)

May 8th (networking); 27th (coffee); 4th & 18th (boardgames)

June 12th (networking); 24th (coffee); 1st & 15th (boardgames)

July 10th (networking); 22nd (coffee); 6th & 20th (boardgames)

August 14th (networking); 26th (coffee); 3rd & 17th (boardgames)

September 11th (networking); 23rd (coffee); 7th & 21st (boardgames)

October 9th (networking); 28th (coffee); 5th & 19th (boardgames)

November 13th; 28th (coffee); 5th & 19th (boardgames)

December 11th (networking); 7th & 21st(boardgames)

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 2018

April 28th

No Meeting in May – Birmingham Pride

June 30th

No meeting in July

No meeting in August

September 29th

October 27th

November 24th

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 2018

April 20th

May 18th

June 15th

July 20th

August 17th

September 21st

October 19th

November 16th

December 21st

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 4th September: The Greatest Showman (2017), 1hr 45min

7pm start

Inspired by the imagination of PT Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

 

Tuesday 18th September: I am Divine (2013), 1hr 30min

I Am Divine is a 2013 American documentary film. The documentary focuses on the American actor, singer and drag performer Divine (October 19, 1945 – March 7, 1988), born Harris Glenn Milstead, a lifelong friend and collaborator of filmmaker John Waters.

The film features extensive contemporary interviews with Waters, as well as Divine’s mother Frances Milstead, and surviving members of the Dreamlanders.

 

Tuesday 2nd October: Dunkirk (2017), 1 hr 45 mins

Dunkirk is a 2017 war film written, directed, and produced by Christopher Nolan that depicts the Dunkirk evacuation of World War II

In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found. At the end of this heroic mission, 330,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers were safely evacuated.

 

Tuesday 16th October: The Plague of the Zombies (1966), 1hr 30min

The Plague of the Zombies is a 1966 Hammer film directed by John Gilling.

A medical professor (Andre Morell) and his daughter (Diane Clare) link a Cornish epidemic to a village squire’s (John Carson) voodoo.

 

Tuesday 6th November: Darling (1965), 2hr 8 mins

Beautiful but easily bored Diana Scott (Julie Christie) becomes a popular model and actress in London in the 1960s while toying with the affections of two older men, married television newsman Robert Gold (Dirk Bogarde) and public relations mastermind Miles Brand (Laurence Harvey). Although Diana is the toast of swinging London, the dark side of fame and fortune begins to take its toll, but it proves harder to escape the mod scene than she expects.

 

Tuesday 20th November: Female Trouble (1974)1 hr 29 Mins

Female Trouble is a 1974  dark comedy film co-composed, filmed, co-edited, written, produced, and directed by John Waters and starring Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, Edith Massey, Michael Potter, Cookie Mueller, and Susan Walsh.

An obese woman (Divine) gives birth to an obnoxious child and embarks upon a bizarre and violent life of crime.

 

Tuesday 4th December: Paris Is Burning (1990), 1 hr 11 mins

This documentary focuses on drag queens living in New York City and their “house” culture, which provides a sense of community and support for the flamboyant and often socially shunned performers. Groups from each house compete in elaborate balls that take cues from the world of fashion. Also touching on issues of racism and poverty, the film features interviews with a number of renowned drag queens, including Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija and Dorian Corey.

 

Tuesday 18th December: Home Alone (1990), 1 hr 43 mins

When bratty 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother (Catherine O’Hara) makes him sleep in the attic. After the McCallisters mistakenly leave for the airport without Kevin, he awakens to an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true. But his excitement sours when he realizes that two con men (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) plan to rob the McCallister residence, and that he alone must protect the family home.

 

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 2018

 

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

May 6th, 13th, 20th, (27th is Birmingham Pride)

June 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th

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

August 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

September 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 3oth

October 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

November 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

December 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd

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. 

 

 

Married Men's Group

Married Men’s Group is a social group for men who are married to, or in a relationship with, a woman, but are attracted to other men.

We meet at the Birmingham LGBT centre twice a month, on the second and fourth Mondays, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

We offer support and advice.

For more information email us on mmgbham@hotmail.com

Website: http://mmgbham.wix.com/marriedmensgroup

 

Married Men’s Group is an Ageing Better Network  

Dates for 2018

 

April 9th & 23rd

May 14th, May 28th is Birmingham Pride

June 11th & 25th

July 9th & 23rd

August 13th, NO MEET AUGUST 27TH AS BANK HOLIDAY

September 10th & 24th

October 8th & 2nd

November 12th & 26th

December 10th

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 2018: please note that OLN will meet from 12pm in 2018. 

 

NO MEETING IN MAY – BIRMINGHAM PRIDE

April 28th

June 23rd

July 28th

August 25th

September 22nd

October 27th

November 24th

December 22nd* TBC

 

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 2018

 

April 24th

May 29th

July 24th

August 28th

September 25th

October 30th

November 27th

December 18th * Week early – Christmas

 

Queer Women's Skill Share

FREE for all who identify as women, of all ages and sexualities

We are a friendly and inclusive group who welcome all gender identities and sexualities.

We now meet on the third Sunday of the month, at 2.30pm, to chat, share stories and will be doing craft projects from time to time. We’d love to hear your ideas for activities.

You are welcome to just turn up, or contact Rhiannon on midlandsqwss@gmail.com for more details.

Queer Women’s Skill Share is an Ageing Better Network  

Dates for 2018

 

April 15th – films

May 20th

June 17th

July 15th

August 19th

September 16th

October 21st

November 18th

December 16th

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 twice-weekly networking coffee mornings, Tuesdays from 11am, to ‘break the ice’ so that people can meet each other and get a taste of what different community groups can offer. We meet in Holloway’s, which is the cafe at Birmingham LGBT Centre.

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 rainbowbridgelgbt@yahoo.com for more details.

Rainbow Bridge is an Ageing Better Network  

Dates for 2018:

Rainbow Bridge meets at Birmingham LGBT Centre every Tuesday morning from 11am to 1pm, and Thursday lunchtime from 12pm to 2pm. Contact RainbowBridgeLGBTQ@hotmail.com for more details.

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? please contact Jon for further information.

 

Rainbow Spirit is an Ageing Better Network  

Dates for 2018

 

April 21st

May 19th

June 16th

July 21st

August 18th

September 15th

October 20th

November 17th

December 15th

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 2018

May 13th

June 10th

July 15th

Aug 12th

Sep 9th

Oct 14th

Nov 11th

Dec 9th

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 2018

April 3rd (Tuesday)

May 8th (Tuesday)

June 4th

July 2nd

August 6th

September 3rd

October 1st

November 5th

December 3rd

 

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 2018

April 16th

May 21st

June 18th

July 16th

August 20th

September 17th

October 15th

November 19th

December 17th

TranSpectrum

TranSpectrum is currently reorganising and is not meeting as a group at the moment. However, they will offer support to other trans groups – please see contact details below.

Email: transpectrum@outlook.com

Website: https://transpectrum.wordpress.com/

Facebook: Click Here for Facebook

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