ARTS & CULTURE

Acting Out

What: A gay, lesbian & straight theatre group for both men & women. If you would like to act, help out back stage or just find out more, it’s great fun and you will be made very welcome.

When: Thursday evenings at 7pm-9pm

Where: The Wellington Hotel, Bristol Street, Birmingham B5 7AH

E-mail: acting.out@btinternet.com

Website: www.actingout.org.uk

 

Birmingham Gay Symphony Orchestra

What: Birmingham Gay Symphony Orchestra was formed in 2008 and brings together orchestral musicians from across the Midlands LGBT & music communities. We are known as a truly welcoming ensemble and we enjoy giving fun & engaging performances in venues across Birmingham. We don’t hold auditions for players; all we ask is that you are brimming over with enthusiasm for music and are ready to make lots of new friends. JOIN US!

When: Rehearsals on alternate Sundays 2pm – 5pm

Where: See website for current rehearsal venue

E-mail: info@bgso.org.uk

Website: bgso.org.uk

TWITTER: @BGSO

Also – “like” us on Facebook

 

Central Tempo

What: DO YOU WANT TO MAKE MUSIC? Do you want to be uplifted & feel good? Can you play an instrument or sing? Do you want to be part of a new LGBT pop sensation?

When: Monthly on Wednesdays

Where: Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38/40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham B9 4AA

Website: www.blgbt.org/centre

 

Journey Film Club

What: LGBT Film Club.

When: Every other Tuesday at 6:30pm

Where: Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38/40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham B9 4AA

Mobile: 07749 412269

E-mail: journeybrum@hotmail.com

Website: http://journeyfilmclub.weebly.com

 

Queer Ink

What: Very friendly, relaxed group of LGBT writers. New members who love to write are most welcome.

When: 2nd Friday of the month at 7pm

Where: The Wellington Pub, 72 Bristol Street, Birmingham, B5 7AH

Mobile: 07749 412269

E-mail: brumqueerink@yahoo.co.uk

Website: www.brumqueerink.webnode.com

 

Rainbow Voices LGBT Choir

What: Rainbow Voices is the only West Midlands choir for gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and trans people and their friends. We are an inclusive singing group with members across all ages, who come together to celebrate our diversity in song.

When: Rehearsal on Tuesdays from 8pm-10pm

Where: Midlands Arts Centre (MAC), Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH

Mobile: 07828 647384 or 07793 363850.

E-mail: contact@rainbow-voices.org.uk

Website: www.rainbow-voices.org.uk

Additional info: To join the email information group for regular updates on performances, please e-mail rainbow-voices-info-subscribe@yahoogroups.co.uk

 

ASYLUM AND IMMIGRATION

ASIRT

Where: St. Georges Community Hub, Great Hampton Row, Newtown, Birmingham B19 3JG

Phone: 0121 233 4295

 

UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG)

Where: London.

Phone: 0207 922 7811 – (Help Line) Monday to Friday, during office hours

 

BIRMINGHAM LGBT

Birmingham LGBT

What: Birmingham LGBT has been working for over a decade to support and sustain a vibrant, diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and Trans community in Birmingham. Our services and projects include LGBT Health & Wellbeing, Strategic Development, Research, Heritage, Community Infrastructure, Arts & Culture & Sports.

Where: Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38/40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham. B1 1EQ

Phone: 0121 643 0821

E-mail: enquiry@blgbt.org

Website:  www.blgbt.org/

 

COUNSELLING

Healthy Gay Life Counselling

Where: Available at 7 offices across the city with a choice of male or female counsellors, including

BLGBT Centre, 38/40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham B1 1EQ

When: To make accessing our counselling or psychotherapy service as easy as possible we offer appointments from early morning to well into the evening. There is usually quite a demand for these early and late appointments but we’ll fit you in as soon as a suitable time becomes available.

Contact: Contact our counselling coordinator on 0121 446 1085 or 0797 6919481

 

EMPLOYEE NETWORKS & FORUMS

Birmingham City Council Employee Network

What: Birmingham City Council Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans-persons Employees’ Network has two main objectives: to support LGBT employees within Birmingham City Council, and to provide a consultative voice on issues relating to service provision affecting the LGBT community.

The network operates in two main ways: A confidential emailing list of members and a series of 4 meetings held throughout the year

E-mail: bcclgbt@hotmail.com

West Midlands Police LGBT Network

What: Support for LGBT employees, development and improvement of relations between the police and LGBT communities across the West Midlands and a representative voice working to shape policy and promote equality in all areas of policing. We also manage the West Midlands Police LGB Hate Crime forum. Absolutely anyone can become a member of our group.

Phone: 101, Ext 7861 6704

Email: admin@thelgbtnetwork.org.uk

Website: www.thelgbtnetwork.org.uk

 

Dudley Council Employee Network

What: Our aims are: The LGBT network aims to provide support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender council workers. The group holds meetings every quarter and offers members the opportunity to meet with other LGBT colleagues across the council.

The group organises a social event every three months and friends and family of LGBT colleagues are also welcome to attend. These social events take place outside of working hours.

E-mail: lgbt@dudley.gov.uk

Website: http://www.dudley.gov.uk/community/equality/services-and-advice/further-advice/dudley-council-lgbt-network/

 

Birmingham LGBT Forum

What: A bi monthly forum open to all LGBT voluntary and community groups for networking, joint working and to provide a collective voice for the LGBT community.

Phone: 0121 643 0821

E-mail: enquiry@blgbt.org

Website: www.blgbt.org

 

Midland LGBT Employees’ Network

What: Whether you’re an employee or an employer, Midlands LGBT Employees’ Network offers a resource for all things Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans in the workplace – advice on company policies on LGBT issues, understanding of the law, or just someone to talk to about being LGBT at work. They also operate as a social network in the Midlands offering quarterly events.

Website: http://www.midlandlgbt.org/

 

Pink Shield

What: Pink Shield is a non-political forum which exists to promote a better understanding between the LGBT community and West Midlands Police (and other agencies) of the issues facing LGBT people.

When: Quarterly

Time: 7pm

Where: Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38/40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham B1 1EQ

Website: www.pinkshield.org.uk

 

HIV SUPPORT

ABplus

What: ABplus is organised by and for people living with HIV. Their mission is to provide support to all people living with, and significantly affected by, HIV and AIDS. The centre offers health and social care support and benefits advice, a food bank and STI & HIV testing by The Terrence Higgins Trust.

Opening hours:

Drop-in access to services and food bank: Monday and Friday 10.30am-3.30pm.

STI & HIV Testing: Monday 4pm-7pm.

Office hours: Monday to Friday 9.30am-5.30pm.

Address: 29/31 Lower Essex Street, Birmingham B5 6SN

Phone: 0121 622 6471

Website: www.abplus.org.uk

 

Freshwinds

What: Freshwinds employs a holistic approach to care, providing complementary therapies to be used alongside traditional forms of treatment and medicine.

Address: Prospect Hall, 12 College Walk, Birmingham B29 6LE

Phone: 0121 415 6670

Website: www.freshwinds.org.uk

 

Terrence Higgins Trust

What: Whatever your sexuality, HIV status, gender, cultural background or ethnic origin, THT has services set up with your needs in mind. If you’re affected by HIV, then we’ll try to help. Terrence Higgins Trust also offers STI & HIV testing.

Address: Rowans Court, 192 Herbert Road, Small Heath, Birmingham B10 0PR

Phone: 0121 694 6440

Fax: 0121 694 6441

E-mail: info.birmingham@tht.org.uk

Website: www.tht.org.uk

 

LGBT CENTRE

Birmingham LGBT Centre for Health & Wellbeing

What: The centre has a focus on Health & Wellbeing and hosts and develops services to address health inequalities and meet the needs of Birmingham’s diverse Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans communities. Located in Birmingham city centre on Holloway Circus at the edge of Birmingham’s vibrant gay village, the fully accessible centre covers three floors and includes a range of versatile spaces including meeting and training rooms.

Services include smoking cessation, sexual health, older people’s project, weight management, yoga, counselling, training, alcohol support and much more.

As well as services for individuals the centre will be home to meetings of independent LGBT Community Groups, events and other activities so check the website regularly, or join the mailing list for updates.

Where: Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38/40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham B1 1EQ

Phone: 0121 643 1160

E-mail: enquiry@blgbt.org

Website: www.blgbt.org/centre

 

OLDER LGBT PEOPLE

Mature Gay Men – Birmingham

What: For older gay men, bears & daddy types and Bi Guys. Come and relax, make new friends, have a laugh.

When: First Tuesday of the month from 8.30pm onwards.

Where: The Fox Bar, Lower Essex Street, Birmingham B5

Phone: Trevor on: 07754 829548.

Website: www.mgmen.info

 

Older Lesbian Network – Birmingham

What: The Birmingham and West Midlands Older Lesbian Network

Where: Healthy Gay Life (HGL), 146 Bromsgrove Street, Birmingham B5 6RG

When: Second Saturday in the month at 1pm

E-mail: oln-rose@hotmail.com

 

TOPAZ

What: Birmingham LGBTs Older LGBT Project: Befriending service plus one to one and telephone support alongside events, activities, lunch clubs and more.

Where: Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38/40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham. B1 1EQ

Phone: 0121 643 0821

E-mail: rosepage@blgbt.org  or paddybroughton@blgbt.org

Website: www.blgbt.org/centre

 

PHONE LINES

Broken Rainbow

What: Support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people experiencing domestic violence.

When:

Mondays and Thursdays – 2pm-8pm

Tuesdays and Wednesdays – 10am-5pm

Phone: 0300 999 LGBT. (0300 999 5428)

If in immediate danger call 999.

 

Coventry & Warwickshire Friend

What: Offers information, support and friendship to lesbians and gays and their families and friends. Besides our telephone helpline, we offer face-to-face meetings, social groups, newsletters and printed information.

When: Monday – Friday: 7.30pm-9.30pm

Phone: 0247 671 4199

 

RELIGIOUS

Birmingham Buddhist Centre

What: Buddhism and meditation courses.

The Birmingham Buddhist Centre is part of the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (FWBO), a worldwide movement founded by Sangharakshita that aims to make Buddhist teachings and practices available in a form appropriate to the modern world.

The centre offers fully led meditation classes; introductory courses to Buddhism and meditation; retreats; talks and Living Well courses. See website for details, costs and times.

Where: 11, Park Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 8AB

Phone: 0121 449 5279

E-mail: info@birminghambuddhistcentre.org.uk

Website: www.birminghambuddhistcentre.org.uk

 

Journey Metropolitan Community Church

What: Journey is made up

of many different people, our only goal being to create a space where we are able to explore, discuss, worship, listen and serve our community. We are welcoming and inclusive of all LGBTQ and straight people.

When: Every Sunday

Time: 11am

Emmaus Road is a radical, liberal church service for those who like their religion to be socially connected and relevant.

Time: 11:00

Additional Information:

Emmaus Road is a radical, liberal church service for those who like their religion to be socially connected and relevant.

 

3pm Chilled Out – Candles, music, prayer and meditation all rolled into 45 minutes.

Where: Journey MCC, St Paul’s Church, Birmingham B3 1QZ We also run a film group and line dancing at BLGBT Centre

Minister: Rev Stephen Bentley

Mobile number: 07734 155664

Email: stephen.bentley@tiscali.co.uk

Web: www.journeymcc.wordpress.com

Lesbian & Gay Christians

What: The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement is a UK-based international charity which challenges homophobia and transphobia, especially within the Church and faith based organisations, as well as working to create and praying for an inclusive church. Membership is open to all, irrespective of sexual orientation.

When: Meets bi-monthly.

Phone: 0121 453 1299

Mobile: 07943 010345

E-mail: lgcm@lgcm.org.uk

Website: www.lgcm.org.uk

 

QUEST – Group for Lesbian and Gay Catholics (UK)

What: Quest is a group for lesbian and gay Catholics. Quest has a network of local groups across the country which meets regularly for mass, discussion and social events. It publishes a quarterly bulletin to members, with news of local and national interest.

E-mail: questbirmingham@yahoo.co.uk

Website: www.questgaycatholic.org.uk

Additional Information: Quest Linkline is a national, confidential telephone helpline service, available to all and intended particularly for lesbian, gay and bisexual Catholics, their families, friends and partners. We provide callers with listening, support, information or referrals as appropriate in a non-discriminatory and non-judgemental way.

Phone: 0808 808 0234

Postal Address: QUEST, BM Box 2585, London, WC1N 3XX

E-mail: quest@questgaycatholics.org.uk

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/questgaycatholic

Web Editor: website@questgaycatholic.org.uk

 

Rainbow Moot

What: LGBT Pagans are a social group that meet at The Wellington Hotel. All Pagan paths welcome. We have talks, craft & discussion meetings as well as general social meetings.

When: Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month at 8pm.

Where: The Wellington Hotel, Bristol Street, Birmingham B5 7AH

Mobile: 07953 323989 (Rob)

E-mail: athenesboychild@hotmail.com

SEXUAL HEALTH

Brook

What: Free and confidential services for all young people under 25, from anywhere in the West Midlands.

Address: 59-65 John Bright Street, Birmingham B1 1BL (opposite Alexandra Theatre)

Phone: 0121 643 5341

 

Hawthorne House

What: Sexual health testing, also operates a “walk in” service every morning from 9.30am-11.30am

Where: Hawthorne House, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Bordesley Green East, Birmingham B9 5SS

When: 9.30am-11.30am

Phone: 0121 424 3300 or 0121 424 2456

 

Healthy Gay Life – HGL

What: Healthy Gay Life offers a range of sexual health services.

Where: HGL Clinic – Sexual health clinics including BLGBT Centre on Thursdays.

When:

Thursdays 9:45am-12.15pm and 1pm-6.30pm. Last appointment for new patients is 6pm. Appointments or walk in at the Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38/40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham B1 1EQ

HGL drop-in service for sexual health information and condoms/lube. Every Tuesday 4.30pm-7.30pm and Friday 2.30pm-6.30pm at 146 Bromsgrove Street, Birmingham B5 6RG

What: FREE condoms/lube and sexual health information – in the gay venues.

Phone: 0121 440 6161

Website: http://www.hgl.nhs.uk

Email: info@hgl.nhs.uk

Additional Information: We also offer training for health and social care professionals – includes equality and diversity as well as HIV. Skill based group work on relationships and assertiveness – see advertisements in Midlands Zone.

Whittall Street

What: A sexual health clinic located in Birmingham city centre. It provides a comprehensive, free and confidential service.

Address: Whittall Street Clinic, Whittall Street, Birmingham B4 6DH

Phone: 0121 237 5700

 

SOCIAL GROUPS

Brum Bi Group

What: A Social Group for Bisexuals in Birmingham and the West Midlands.

When: 2nd Tuesday of every month 7.30pm-9.30pm. We welcome people at any time before 9.30pm so please don’t worry about being ‘late’.

Additional Information: We realise that walking into a meeting for the first time can be intimidating. If you would like to arrange to be met shortly before the meeting, email or telephone in advance and we will do our best to meet you.

Where: Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38/40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham B1 1EQ

Mobile: 07532 385760

E-mail: info@brumbigroup.org.uk

Website: www.brumbigroup.org.uk

 

Brum Dining OUT

What: Dining group meets at a different restaurant each month.

E-mail: brumdiningout@hotmail.com

 

Gay Classic Car Group

What: For gay men and lesbians with a shared interest in classic cars. You don’t need to own one. Regional groups, with social events both around the country and internationally.

Where: Midlands meet is every 1st Wednesday of the month, close to Coventry

Phone: ‘Simon’: 0121 565 4166

E-mail: eventsmidlandssh@gccg.org.uk

Website: www.gccg.org.uk

Correspondence Address: GCCG, BM Box 5901, London WC1N 3XX

 

Go Getting Out (e-mail network)

What: Go Getting Out is a regional email network for LGBT who are interested in meeting and socialising with other LGBT people. We have members who are lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning and we work towards a safe, supportive and inclusive community.

E-mail: GoGettingOut-subscribe@yahoogroups.co.uk

 

Out Everywhere

What: Out Everywhere is the largest non-sexual social network for gay and lesbian people in the UK. Bringing people together since 1995, the community also organises offline events, such as coffee or cocktail outings, sporting events and day trips.

Phone: 0845 006 0050

Website: www.outeverywhere.com

 

Pink Sou’westers – South West Birmingham LGBT group

What: We offer a range of accessible and inclusive, non-scene, out-of-town social events and activities at low or no cost. (Some events are subsidised for those on low incomes.)

Activities have included archery, bowling, skittles, walks, curry nights, canal trips, quiz nights, giant Scalextric, pub, theatre, concerts, and more!

Make new friends, try new activities. All LGBTs welcome regardless of age or area of residence.

Mobile: 07976 274271

E-mail: swbgroup@blueyonder.co.uk

 

Rainbow Eco Group’

What: The Rainbow Eco Group meets regularly for various workshops, walks and activities. Join the Facebook page, or contact Rob

Mobile: 07950 873388

 

Rainbow Spirit

What: Friendship, sharing and support. Rainbow Spirit is a creative activities group for gay men, away from the scene. Related to and based on the principles of the Edward Carpenter Community, with an emphasis on creativity, personal growth and support, it meets on the 1st Friday and 3rd Saturday of the month.

Friday evening meetings tend to be discussion based and themes have included positive ageing, ‘gay heroes’ and spiritual issues. We also provide the opportunity share personal feelings in response to artwork, poetry and music (known as “Heart Circles”).

Saturday afternoon meetings are more activity based, including dance, singing, improvised acting, stretching exercises and yoga, we enjoy trust games and various forms of meditation. There is also time for Heart Circles.

When: 1st Friday, 3rd Saturday of the month

Contact: David on: 07853 337976 or e-mail: mark_wray@hotmail.co.uk

 

SPORTS & FITNESS

Beginners Yoga Sessions

For whom: Open to all.

Where: The Vault – Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38/40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham B1 1EQ

When: Mondays at 12.30pm

Info: Join Matty Wagstaff of City Yoga Birmingham, who will be leading a weekly beginner’s yoga class for the LGBT community. Matty has practiced Yoga for twelve years and has been teaching a unique style, blending the dynamic flow of Astanga with the deeper practices of Sivananda and Sun Power Yoga for the last five years.

Phone: 0121 643 1160

 

Birmingham Blaze (Football Team)

What: LGBT-friendly football team. Blaze welcome players of all abilities! If you’ve got an interest in football, they want to hear from you. Birmingham Blaze is part of the GFSN league.

When: Wednesdays & Sundays (Training)

Additional Information: If you are interested in supporting or playing for the team, get in touch.

E-mail: info@birmingham-blaze.co.uk

Website: www.birmingham-blaze.co.uk/

 

Birmingham Bluefins Water Polo

What: Birmingham Bluefins is the water polo team of Moseley Shoals. Any swimmer can join and learn the rules of this fun team game. Just bring swim kit and towel.

When: Wednesday session – Warm up exercises & explanation of rules – new players welcome.

Time: 8:30pm-9:30pm – followed by social drink in Moseley.

Where: Small Heath Pool, Muntz Street, Small Heath, Birmingham B10 9RX

Phone: 0121 464 6131

Monthly Tuesday session: – first Tuesday of each month only – a chance to play a game in a deep water pool.

When: First Tuesday of each month 9:15pm-10:15pm

Where: Stechford Pool, Station Road, Stechford, Birmingham B33 8QN

Phone: 0121 464 05596

Website: www.moseleyshoals.org.uk

Phone: 0121 346 1522 (info line)

 

Birmingham Bulls Rugby Team

What: Birmingham Bulls is a newly formed gay / gay friendly rugby team for Birmingham and the Midlands.  The team welcomes all abilities and offers training.

Website: www.birminghambullsrfc.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/birminghambullsrfc

 

Fitness @ The Vault

What: Birmingham is home to the UK’s first ever dedicated LGBT fitness studio, located in the Birmingham LGBT Centre. A range of classes is on offer from Yoga, Circuits, Dance plus others. Check the website for more details and up to date listings

Where: The Vault – Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38/40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham. B1 1EQ

Phone: 0121 643 1160

E-mail: enquiry@blgbt.org

Website: www.blgbt.org/centre

 

Gay Men’s Yoga

What: Join Matty Wagstaff of City Yoga Birmingham. His classes will introduce students to breathing techniques, flowing sun salutations, posture work and relaxation. Health and well being is the key and there is no doubt that you will reap the rewards from your first class.

When: Tuesdays at 6.45pm

Where: The Vault – Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38/40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham. B1 1EQ

Phone: 0121 643 1160

 

Gay Outdoor Club (GOC)

What: The Gay Outdoor Club operates throughout Great Britain and provides a wide range of outdoor and indoor sports and recreational activities for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender men and women. The West Midlands group generally walks on the 1st or 3rd Sundays of the month, with additional walks in the summer.

Cost: Free and open to anyone.

E-mail: gocwm@yahoo.co.uk

Website: www.goc.org.uk

 

Line Dancing

When: Thursday Nights 7pm -9pm

Where: The Vault – Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38/40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham. B1 1EQ

Info: 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.

E-mail: davewaringuk@yahoo.co.uk

 

Midlands Out Badminton

What: Midlands Out Badminton Team. Playing in Birmingham since 2003, this friendly group is open to players of all abilities. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced player, enjoyment and participation are the aims of this group.

When: Saturdays

Mobile: 07813 330003

E-mail: midsoutbadminton@gmail.com

Website: www.midlandsoutbadminton.co.uk

 

Moseley Shoals Swim Group

What: Moseley Shoals has been swimming around Birmingham since forming over 12 years ago. The group is friendly and social, offering the chance to meet up for a splash about or a rigorous swim. Just bring swim kit and a towel.

When: Monday session: coaching & tips and plenty of lanes to swim.

Every Monday, except bank holidays, 8:30pm-9:30pm – followed by social drink in Moseley.

Where: Small Heath Pool, Muntz Street, Small Heath, Birmingham B10 9RX

 

Phone: 0121 464 6131

When: Sunday session: relaxing swim followed by brunch in Moseley.

Every Sunday 12:30pm-1:30pm

Where: Moseley Road Pool, Moseley Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham B12 9BX

Phone: 0121 464 0150

Website: www.moseleyshoals.org.uk

Phone: Info line 0121 346 1522

 

Outdoor Lads

What: The UK’s most social group for gay and bisexual men who love the great outdoors. We organise hiking, camping, climbing, hostelling, biking, canoeing, sailing and skiing events as well as one-off international trips and more hard-core ‘challenge’ events.

It doesn’t matter whether you are a total beginner or a well-hardened outdoor enthusiast, we have something for everyone, every week, all over the UK. And whatever the event, you will find a group of friendly, welcoming guys with a shared love of the outdoors.

Website: www.outdoorlads.com

E-mail: support@outdoorlads.com

Phone: 0161 420 0001

 

Pink Pedals

What: Pink Pedals cycling group – nothing intense or difficult, avoiding roads and on flat terrain as far as possible. Outings are arranged both during the week and at weekends so that everyone who is interested will have a chance to join in. It is a mixed group, open to all LGBT people. Wherever possible we will try to arrange rides so that there is a café or pub half way for refreshments and where there is a bike hire shop in the area we will put the details out on the e-mails

E-mail: paddy.broughton@btinternet.com for inclusion on mail list, giving your mobile number so that we can contact you in the event of a ride being arranged or postponed at short notice.

Mobile: 07855 624649

Birmingham Swifts

What:

Birmingham Swifts is an LGBT running group for Birmingham. We’re open to everyone, no matter what your ability, age, sexuality or gender.

It’s our aim to help you achieve your running goals in a friendly and supportive environment, whether you want to run a marathon or your first 5k.

The Swifts are led by an England Athletics approved run leader, and our runs start from Birmingham city centre.

E-mail: birminghamswifts@gmail.com

 

SUPPORT GROUPS

Alcohol Support Group

What: Support group for LGBT people who have/had alcohol issues and also ‘affected others’ e.g. partners, friends, family etc. For more information about the group see the website.

When: Tuesdays 7.30pm-9pm

Address: Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38/40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham. B1 1EQ

 

E-mail: glbtas@yahoo.co.uk

Website: http://www.lgbtalcoholsupport.org/

 

Aquarius

What: Aquarius support people who are affected by their own or someone else’s problems with alcohol, drugs and/or gambling.

When: They will be offering advice sessions at the Birmingham LGBT Centre, from April 2nd.

Where: Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38/40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham  B1 1EQ

Contact: If you would like to book an appointment please call us on 0121 643 1160 or email enquiry@blgbt.org

 

B-GLAD Birmingham Gays and Lesbians Against Depression

What: B-GLAD is a friendly support and social group for those suffering from depression or other mental illness. The group meets in Birmingham’s gay village area. They are affiliated to Depression Alliance, and have access to leaflets, directories and other information. All B-GLAD members understand depression or other conditions like anxiety, OCD or stress.

When: Every Thursday evening from 7.30pm to 9.30pm

Where: HGL drop in, 146 Bromsgrove Street, Birmingham B5 6RG

 

Phone: 0121 440 6161 (c/o HGL)

 

Birmingham Parents Support Group

What: Helping families of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in coming to terms with knowing that a member of their family is gay.

Additional Information: Coming to terms with a son or daughter’s sexuality can be very difficult, but help is at hand. You can receive help over the phone or attend an informal meeting where you can talk to other parents who are experiencing, or have experienced, what you are going through.

We meet monthly in Solihull Town Centre and anyone is welcome. Please contact us for more information.

Phone: 0121 742 0230

Website: www.bpsg.co.uk

 

Brum Bi Group

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

Where: The group meets at the Birmingham LGBT Centre on the 2nd Tuesday of each month

When: 7.30pm-9pm

Email: slspillo@yahoo.com for more details

Website: www.brumbigroup.org.uk

 

Gay Families in the Making

What: Gay Families in the Making is a social/networking group for all lesbian and gay parents and their children.

Blog: http://gayfamiliesinthemaking.wordpress.com/

 

HGL Support Services

What: Support sessions and groups for gay and bisexual men and men who have sex with men.

Additional Information: (Please note that is this not counselling and is less formal, but gives the person the opportunity to talk to a highly trained worker.)

Phone: 0121 446 1085 (One-to-one service) Young males, South Asian males & African Caribbean males

Mobile: 07976 919481 (One-to-one service) Young males, South Asian males & African Caribbean males

Phone: 0121 440 6161 (for further information)

Website: http://www.hgl.nhs.uk

E-mail: info@hgl.nhs.uk

Married Men’s Group Support group for men in relationships with women but who are having sex with men. Meets on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month.

Phone: 0121 440 6161

 

New Road Parents Support Group

What: Bromsgrove and surrounding areas. Supporting parents of LGBT people.

When: 3rd Tuesday of the month

Mobile: 07974 811443 (Margaret)

Website: www.newroadparents.org

 

Pink Parents

What: Pink Parents is a social/networking group for all lesbian and gay parents and their children.

E-mail: pinkparents@virginmedia.com

Website: http://www.pinkparents.org.uk/

 

Smoking Cessation group

What: Smoking Cessation will be taking place again in the autumn.

Where: Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38/40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham B1 1EQ

Contact: Call 0121 643 1160 or contact enquiry@blgbt.org

 

Weight Management

What: Weekly sessions will include a weigh in and advice and support on the best way for you to lose weight and keep it off, all sessions will be fun and interactive. Weight Management will be taking place again in the autumn.

Where: Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38/40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham. B1 1EQ

Contact: Call 0121 643 1160 or contact enquiry@blgbt.org

 

TRANS SERVICES (Local)

Birmingham FTM Group

What: 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 FtM spectrum. The group meets in a safe, respectful and friendly environment, with a wide range of activities including self-discovery, empowerment and confidence building.

When: Once a month on a Wednesday 6.30pm until 8.30pm

Where: Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38/40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham B1 1EQ

Contact: Contact Karl Needham for more details karlneedham@blgbt.org or call 0121 643 1160

 

Gender Matters

What: Providing information and support to all Trans people, their family and friends, and to professional organisations who wish to have more of an understanding of gender dysphoria or transgender Issues.

Services include counselling, support/advice, drop in. See website for full details.

Address: The Mill House, 5b Bridgnorth Road, Wolverhampton WV6 8AB

Phone: 01902 744424

Website: www.gender-matters.org.uk

 

Outskirts

What: A fast growing and very friendly Trans social group whose aim is to encourage girls to gain greater confidence. We are always happy to welcome newcomers and all of us remember both the elation and the fear of our first time out.

We frequently arrange trips out to city centre restaurants usually followed by a visit to a club. Many of our members meet up in the city for a night out together. We also encourage links with other groups by visiting them and we welcome guests from other groups.

Where: The Equator Bar, 123 Hurst Street, Birmingham, B5 6SE

When: 1st and 3rd Monday of the month

E-mail: Sally at: sally@outskirtstg.co.uk or Larna at: larna@outskirtstg.co.uk

Website: http://outskirtstg.co.uk/

 

Trans Central

What: Trans Central is a (MtF), or Male to Female transgendered community support group providing practical help and peer support to the local Trans community, and creating the opportunity for individual members to take part in community programs and events, which will work towards helping improve confidence, increase knowledge, and empowering Trans women, while in a relaxed, comfortable, safe and friendly Environment.

When: First Monday of each month 6.30pm-8.30pm.

Where: Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38/40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham B1 1EQ

Phone: 0121 643 1160

E-mail: larnagallier@blgbt.org (Larna Gallier)

 

TRANS SERVICES (National)

GIRES

What: The Gender Identity Research and Education Society provides information for Trans people, their families and the professionals who care for them.

Address: Melverley, The Warren, Ashtead, Surrey KT21 2SP

Phone: 01372 801554

E-mail: info@gires.org.uk

Website: http://www.gires.org.uk

 

Mermaids

What: Mermaids is a support group for gender variant children and teenagers and their families. They aim to relieve the mental and emotional stress of all persons aged 19 years and under who are in any manner affected by gender identity issues, and their families.

Phone: 0208 123 4819    Staffed Monday to Saturday 3pm-7pm, answerphone at other times.

E-mail: info@mermaidsuk.org.uk

Website: http://www.mermaidsuk.org.uk/

 

UNIVERSITY STUDENTS (LGBT), BIRMINGHAM

Birmingham City University LGBT

What: Birmingham City University LGBT is a society within Birmingham City Students’ Union. It offers students support and advice on a variety of issues for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people, from sexual health and coming out to places to party and campaigning.

When: Weekly social events.

E-mail: info@bculgbt.com

Website:  http://www.bcusu.com/societies/lgbt2011/#

 

LGBT Aston University

What: Lesbian, Gay, Bi & Trans Society for Aston University. Provides support to those who require it and organises social activities. The society has a buddy system in place for those that may just be coming out of the closet, or facing some difficulties in their lives.

When: Meets Wednesdays at: 1pm

Where: Aston Students Guild, Gosta Green, Room 101.

Phone: 0121 204 3000

E-mail: lgbt@astonguild.org.uk

Website:  http://lgbtaston.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2225626133/

 

University of Birmingham LGBT Group

What: Whether you’re out and proud and want to know about the gay scene and socialising or questioning your sexuality and in need of support and information, the LGBT Association is here to support all students. We actively campaign against homophobia in all areas of life and promote the rights of LGBT students on campus.

When: Social events, every Wednesday.

Website: http://students.guild.bham.ac.uk/lgbtq/

E-mail: lgbt@bugs.bham.ac.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bhamguild.lgbtq?fref=ts

 

WOMENS GROUPS

Bi-Women’s Discussion Group

What: An opportunity for bi and bi-friendly self-identified women to meet and discuss topics such as bi identities and lifestyles, our experiences, bi people in the media, bi and trans issues, bisexuality and the law, spirituality, health and wellbeing.

When: Meets fourth Tuesday of every month.

Where: Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38/40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham B1 1EQ

E-mail: slspillo@yahoo.com

 

Boot Women

What: Boot Women is a walking group for women, primarily lesbians, based in Birmingham and the surrounding areas.

Info: Boot Women meet every month for a walk that averages about 6 miles and welcome walking women of all abilities. The walks are a great opportunity to meet other women and to discover the countryside around Birmingham. Boot Women also organises occasional social events and activities.

Mobile: 07505 970991

E-mail: hello@bootwomen.org.uk

Website: www.bootwomen.org.uk

 

Older Lesbian Network

What: The Birmingham and West Midlands Older Lesbian Network

Where: HGL’ Drop in’, 146 Bromsgrove Street, Birmingham B5 6RG

When: Second Saturday in the month at 1pm

Info: Older Lesbian Network meets every second Saturday of the month at 1pm at the HGL drop in. 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.

Mobile: 07952 289266

E-mail: oln-sue@hotmail.co.uk

 

YOUTH LGBT

Out Central

What: Out Central is a group for young people who are LGBT or may be questioning their sexuality. Young people take part in a range of activities including trips out, discussions and speakers.

Mobile: 07826 873458

Phone: 0121 464 5559

E-mail: OutOfSight@birmingham.gov.uk

 

SHOUT (Sandwell)

What: An LGBT youth steering group which works towards giving LGBT young people a voice in Sandwell. The group holds fortnightly meetings to discuss and work on relevant issues.

Phone: 0845 352 8412 (ask for LGBT Team)
E-mail: youngpeople_services@sandwell.gov.uk

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