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LGBTQ+ EVENTS IN BIRMINGHAM (how to make queer friends away from the pub)

Everyone loves a night out, but sometimes it’s nice to hang out with people without being drunk in a club at 1am. Birmingham has some amazing queer clubs and bars, but there’s also plenty to do away from the nightlife. Whether you’re new to the city and looking for friends or just want something to do at the weekend (that doesn’t involve downing pints and flashing lights), here’s our list of queer events, clubs and socials that are currently going on in Birmingham right now.



QUEER ARTS & CREATIVITY:



QUEER AS JOKE (18+)

QUEER COMEDY CLUB

@QueerAsJoke Birmingham's only LGBTQIA+ Stand Up Comedy night showcases queer comedy from across the UK. Each month join hosts Cycki Brokat, Ellen Degenerate and Gareth Williams for a night of fun, joy and laugh-out-loud comedy Tickets are £10 on the door - Line Up changes monthly.


QUEER DRAW BRUM (18+)

QUEER LIFE DRAWING

@QueerDrawBrum Life drawing for all abilities the first Sunday of the month! From 2-4pm! All abilities welcome and encouraged! This is a relaxed social environment! Feel free to chat and get to know each other before/after and in the break. Tickets are £8 - Please bring drawing supplies.


BIRMINGHAM GAYMERS

QUEER BOARD GAME CLUB

Birmingham Gaymers is a safe space for LGBTQ+ folk and allies to meet new friends, connect with old ones, eat, drink and of course play board games.

The meet-up is pretty informal. Turn up from 1pm, organisers will be on hand to make game suggestions and help you find a group if you need one. If you have something at home you're eager to play, bring it along.

Entry is £4 per person to cover the table hire.


JOURNEY FILM CLUB

QUEER FILM CLUB

Journey Film Club are a non-profit queer film club that prides itself on delivering the best in queer cinema. They meet twice a month at Birmingham's LGBT Centre and show a variety of different types of films to suit all tastes. You choose what you want to bring along and share.

Tickets £1 - includes refreshments


SHOUT FESTIVAL

QUEER ARTS FESTIVAL

SHOUT Festival is Birmingham’s annual festival of queer art & culture taking place at venues across the city, The festival takes place annually in the Autumn and celebrates the work of LGBTQ+ artists and communities across the Midlands.

Find out more about upcoming events at https://shoutfestival.co.uk


BARDS & BOOK (over 50s)

QUEER BOOK CLUB

Bards & Books is a super friendly LGBT book club based in Birmingham run by volunteers. Books are chosen by vote each month and meets are held the first Monday of the month from 11am to 1pm - with time to socialise too. Membership is available to those over 25 and most of the group are over 50.

The group also has an ongoing podcasting project.


LIMELIGHT

OPEN MIC NIGHT

Limelight Open Mic is a four-hour queer-friendly open mic night held once a month by @FruitPunchBrum at Cherry Red's Cafe Bar. Showcase your skills, or to simply enjoy a night filled with creativity, laughter and joy - all whilst supporting Birmingham's local artists! The event runs from 6PM-10PM

Tickets are £5 on the door.


ACTING OUT BRUM (18+)

QUEER THEATRE GROUP

Acting Out is a Birmingham-based acting group for the LGBTQ+ community that meets every Thursday at The Old Rep Theatre between 7pm-9pm. From complete newbies to seasoned professionals, they're a diverse and inclusive group who are always welcoming of new members interested in any aspects of production and performance.

The team produce and perform at least one play a year, and also perform every month at Up to Scratch at The Old Rep.



QUEER SPORTS CLUBS:



GAY CITY BOWLERS (18+)

QUEER BOWLING CLUB

Gay City Bowlers and an LGBTQ+ inclusive ten pin bowling group who host monthly events in Liverpool, Nottingham, Bristol, London Birmingham and Cardiff.

Tickets are £18 and covers 2 games.


BIRMINGHAM SWIFTS (18+)

QUEER RUNNING CLUB

Birmingham’s LGBTQ+ inclusive running club hosts a main social run on Thursdays and joins a local park run on Saturdays. They also offer group coaching sessions, 121 coaching and wellbeing events throughout the year.

The club is free to join with an optional supporter membership of £13.


BIRMINGHAM UNICORNS (18+)

QUEER CRICKET CLUB

Birmingham Unicorns are an LGBTQ+ inclusive cricket club based in south Birmingham, playing friendly fixtures. New players are always welcome and full equipment is available to borrow.

Full membership is £35 with concessions at £10.


BIRMINGHAM BULLS (18+)

QUEER RUGBY CLUB

The Birmingham Bulls are an LGBTQ+ inclusive rugby team that encourages new members to come along regardless of ability. Training is held on Wednesday evenings at Yardley & District Rugby Club.

The club is FREE to join for the first month.


DEPOT CLIMBING LGBTQ+ NIGHT (18+)

QUEER BOULDERING CLUB

The Depot Climbing Centre in Birmingham is an indoor bouldering centre that has over 1000 square metres of climbing surfaces graded from V0 to V10. Their LGBTQ+ night is held on Fridays between 7-9pm.

Member Entry is £10/Non-Member Entry is £11.


BIRMINGHAM BLAZE (18+)

QUEER FOOTBALL CLUB

Birmingham Blaze FC is an LGBTQ+ team competing in the local Birmingham leagues as well as nationally and internationally in tournaments. They train on Wednesday evenings and play 11-a-side matches on Sunday mornings in the Festival League.


BICYCLE ADVENTURE CLUB

QUEER CYCLING CLUB

The Bicycle Adventure Club is a cycling group that organises non-competitive group rides across Birmingham and the West Midlands. Explore, learn, camp, drink tea, eat cake and have a good time. You can find a list of their upcoming rides on their website here: Ride With Us


MOSELEY SHOALS

QUEER SWIMMING & WATER POLO CLUB

Moseley Shoals host weekly evening and weekend LGBTQ+ inclusive swimming sessions throughout the year. They also run water polo sessions every fortnight at their Wednesday swim, where they play for fun - suitable both for those who have played before or are completely new to the sport.

Your first session is FREE.



QUEER SOCIALS & MEETUPS:



FRUIT PUNCH

QUEER BLACK & POC SOCIAL

Fruit Punch is a Black & POC queer-led collective that hosts several events across Birmingham monthly - their queer black & POC social runs every first Wednesday of the month from 6pm. Join them at The Anchor in Digbeth for a night of fun and games in a space for queer black and POC people to exist.


MIDSBEARS

GBTQ+ BEAR SOCIAL

MidsBears is a social and networking group whose aim is to provide members of the Bear Community with a wide range of social activities. They host several events throught the year across the Midlands including monthly meetups in Birmingham as well as an annual Bear Weekend usually held in October.


THE TRANS TEAROOM

TRANS & GENDER DIVERSE SOCIAL

The Trans Tearoom is a trans-led community space for gender diverse, non-binary and trans people across the West Midlands to enjoy some coffee, cake and community. Weekly drop-in sessions are held every Wednesday between 1pm-4pm, at Carrs Lane Church, not far from Birmingham Moore Street Station.


GOLDEN BABS

LGBTQ+ 50s+ SOCIAL

Golden Babs is a vibrant LGBT+ community initiative held at Birmingham LGBT Centre every Tuesday for those aged 50 and over to gather, connect, and celebrate through enriching activities. They offer coffee mornings, arts and crafts, movies, dance, poetry, music, and engaging workshops. Pop in from 10.30am to 1pm for a weekly dose of joy, diversity, and shared experiences.


BIRMINGHAM NONBINARY GROUP

NON-BINARY SOCIAL

The Birmingham Nonbinary Group is a monthly sober social for anyone who falls outside the gender binary. It's a three-hour hang-out held one Saturday a month at Moseley Hive on Moseley Highstreet. The Venue is fully accessible and has gender-neutral toilets.


YARANA

SOUTH ASIAN & MIDDLE EASTERN SOCIAL

Yarana face-to-face support group has been created to help bring South Asian & Middle Eastern LGBTQI+ people together. Events are held every very three weeks at the Birmingham LGBT Center on a Saturday, 4pm–6pm.


Q HIVE

SOBER QUEER SOCIAL

Q Hive is a queer-led sober event that takes place at The Moseley Hive in Moseley - it's a fully accessible space and hosts a range of events from queer film nights to coffee mornings, as well as boardgame and craft events. Events usually take palace on Saturday mornings once a month between 10am-12pm.


TRANSMASCULINE BIRMINGHAM (18+)

TRANS-MASC SOCIAL

Trans Masculine Birmingham (TMB) is a support group for adults 18+ who identify as trans male, transmasculine, non-binary, and/or gender questioning.

Meetings include social events and activities, as well as discussions and workshops (topics such as trans admin, healthcare, parenthood, employment, and relationship health).


LBTQ+ WOMEN’S SOCIAL

LBTQ+ WOMEN'S SOCIAL

The LBTQ+ Women's Social is a social group for all LBTQ+ women held monthly at the Birmingham LGBT Centre at 4pm. Pop in for refreshments and a chat, in a safe and friendly space.



KINK SOCIALS & EVENTS:




CLUB SCRITCHES (18+)

PET PLAY SOCIAL

Club Scritches is a friendly and inclusive social pet play event held every fourth Saturday of the month at the Village Inn in Birmingham. The event runs from 1pm-6pm - there are games, a raffle, and a soft play area with a ball pit. It's a safe and non-judgemental event for pet players of all gender expressions with no mandatory dress code, however, be respectful and cover your genitals.

Entry is FREE.


BIRMINGHAM FETISH MEN (18+)

GBTQ+ LEATHER & FETISH SOCIAL

Birmingham Fetish Men is an inclusive quarterly fetish night for men, those who identify as men, transmasculine, and non-binary people who live in the West Midlands. Alongside their heavier nights focusing on play, they also hold social events featuring cabaret and comedy, as well as wine tastings, dinners and cigar socials during their Birmingham Fetishmen Weekend (held annually in November).

Entry for the regular event is £10 in advance


Please note that this event has a strict dress code which you can find on their website here: https://birminghamfetish.com/#dress-code


BIRMINGHAM BIZARRE BAZAAR (18+)

FETISH SOCIAL & MARKET

The Birmingham Bizarre Bazaar is a queer-inclusive monthly alternative market held every third Sunday of the month at The Nightingale Club. Attendees are encouraged to express themselves (particularly when it comes to their clothing) and it's a great place to socialise or do some shopping in the market area.

Entry is £7 on the door.


TEMPORARY CRUISING ZONE (18+)

ALL-GENDER SEX PARTY

Temporary Cruising Zone is a members-only, trans ran, all-gender queer sex party based in Birmingham that seeks to provide queer people with a space to express themselves and their desires, flaunt their sexuality and meet new friends and lovers in a welcoming environment. The party runs from 2pm-8pm (last entry 3.30pm) and the entry fee operates on a sliding scale.

Pay on arrival: £10-£20 (plus £20 lifetime venue membership on your first visit)




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