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Community groups which meet at Birmingham LGBT Centre

Community Groups at the LGBT Centre

Birmingham LGBT Centre is currently unavailable for community group use, 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

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.

Dates for 2022

 

Bards & Books

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

During the pandemic, until we can meet in person again, Bards & Books is organising online via Zoom with existing members.

Coming soon for 2022 – podcasts for all lovers of LGBT Literature

We are a small. local reading group, having met at the LGBT Centre and online zoom throughout COVID. Our 8th Birthday in November 2021 saw us funded by Ageing Better in Birrmingham to launch a new online project `podcasts `. These are short audio topics available anywhere at any time, on your PC, tablet, phone or even a CD. Designed by our members, young and old ,with LGBT Themes in mind., we want to keep people smiling, challenged and – hopefully-, encouraged to read more! Feel part of a community – and give us your feedback.

Go to www.facebook.com/groups/bardsandbooks/

If you would like to join our mailing list, please email bardsandbooks@gmail.com.

Dates for 2022

Not currently open to new members.

 

BGLAD - not open to new members

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.

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:

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

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

Dates for 2022

January 22

February 19

March 19

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.

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/

Dates for 2022

See https://blgbt.org/events/

Craft and Chronicles

Join the LBTQ+ women’s group Craft and Chronicles to socialise, make new friends and try out different arts and crafts.

Each participant will receive a kit to take part in our monthly online session.

To book your space, email craftandchronicles@gmail.com

Dates for 2022

See https://blgbt.org/events/

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.

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

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.

Dates for 2022

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

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 2022

See https://blgbt.org/events/

 

 

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

 

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.

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/

Dates for 2022

 

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 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.

Dates for 2022

See https://blgbt.org/events/

RANG South Asian LGBT - CURRENTLY NOT MEETING

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.

 

Not currently meeting

 

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 aged 16+

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.

Dates for 2022

Every Thursday evening between 6pm and 9pm

Every Tuesday evening between 6pm and 9pm

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 Transwomen/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. 

Email  transcentralhelp@gmail.com for more information or call Cass on 07599 240 907.

Now meeting at The Village Inn.

Trans Masculine Birmingham - MEETING ONLINE

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 from 6.00pm to 8.00pm. Currently the meetings are taking place virtually and the video link is sent out on the day. If you would like to join or find out more about us, please get in touch via our email.

Contact: transmasculinebirmingham@gmail.com

No meetings at Birmingham LGBT until further notice

 

UNUH - MEETING ONLINE

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 2022

 

Well Body and Mind for Men GBTQ+ Social

We are hosting a friendly Zoom on the first Saturday of every month from 4-5pm which is open to Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/ Questioning+ Men, at Birmingham LGBT Centre.

Visit our Events Calendar for details of how to book.

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 2022

See https://blgbt.org/events/

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