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G R O U P S
welcomes members to regular meet ups and events. Ffi and upcoming events please contact: glastonburylgbt(at)yahoo.co.uk
Lesbian women's motorcycle network
We are two Bristol based friends who enjoy going out for motorbike rides and weekends. We would like to hear from other lesbian women from the South West who would like to ride out with us and develop a network. To find out more, give Sian a call on 07877489897
New Lesbian Reading Group (Sep 2013)
Anyone interested in joining should contact either Jacqui on 07765 088896, or Monika on 0117 9241105 or 07527 784058 for details of when / where the meeting will be.
Indigo Bristol ♀
Indigo produce social, networking & cultural events for lesbian / LBTQ+ women. Run by an all-women team, Indigo was created to build professional & friendship networks for women in Bristol & beyond.
Established in 2010, Indigo events are renowned for their friendly atmosphere & interesting programme. We regularly attract 100 guests to Indigo & over 300 to our popular club night, hush.
Indigo happens monthly at The Square Bar in Bristol.
Facebook Page Indigo Network
is an online discussion network for women to arrange civilised social activities, organise transport sharing to events, and general sharing of information in Bristol and thereabouts. Activities so far have included cinema visits, dining out, the prospect of an allotment group emerging, and really anything at all that people feel inclined to suggest. If you'd like to join the network, please send your email to sociabilityforwomen(at)gmail.com
A social group for lesbians who may not necessarily be into the scene type things. Most of our members are over 35 but all ages are welcome. The group offers a safe and friendly environment where both new and old members can relax and enjoy themselves as well as being an ‘umbrella’ for various smaller groups that are run by individual members (walking, poetry, cycling, discussion, supper groups etc).
It also provides members with a method of communicating one-off events they are hosting or wish to attend as a group. In the last few months there have been Sunday brunches, games nights, poker parties, garden parties and days out to mention a few! Pink Herrings also offers a hosted social twice a month. We meet on the first and third Thursdays of each month at conveniently located venues in Bristol. Pink Herrings produce a regular email newsletter of these and other events in the area.
If you are interested in joining the Pink Herrings, or you would like to talk to someone about the group please email firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our members will contact you.
Cinema Group Bristol - is now organised as part of sociability - see listing above.
Bristol group for LGBT families with children under 4 years old. We meet on the first saturday of every month. Venue can vary dependent on the seasons! Please email us for more information bristollgbtfamilygroup(at)yahoo.co.uk
events are your free opportunity to connect and socialise with LGBT professionals from other orgs and networks. Relaxed, friendly and useful... whether for personal, social or business reasons, use LIONS in the way that suits you!
· you help run or are a member of your employer’s LGBT network
· you work for a company too small to run its own LGBT employee network
· you want to understand how other organisations run their networks
· you want to connect with orgs that know the importance of workplace diversity
· you represent an LGBT society, group, charity , etc - and you’d like to connect with potential members and supporters
· you want to learn of LGBT societies, groups, charities and networks in Bristol.
For more info contact niall.addicott(at)live.co.uk www.facebook.com/lions.bristol
New book club Starting up on the second Tuesday of the month around Bristol/ North Somerset
Numbers limited to 8, so contact as soon as possible ( 3 places already gone).
Intend to start from December 2014 with "Wolf Hall"
Queer Women's Writing Group
If you identify as queer and a woman, and like to write, or think you'd like to, why not come along to QWWG? Brand new group, open to poetry, fiction and non-fiction writers alike, whether you've never put pen to paper before or you're working on your next novel. The group does fun activities to get us writing, shares our own writing, and provides a space for queer women to get together and talk about writing over tea and cake, every other Sunday (first meeting 15th April)
We welcome any women who identify themselves as part of the queer umbrella; we also welcome anyone who identifies as a woman, including trans* women. £2 donation if you can, to cover room hire costs. More information: emilyj.moreton(at)gmail.com, or just turn up.
Sing Out Bristol
Wanted, lesbians who like to sing or have a desire to learn. Sing Out Bristol is a mixed choir of all ranges and abilities who meet every Tuesday evening from 7.30pm-9.30pm for singing and laughter. For more information email singoutbristol(at)googlemail.
A community theatre group for women who love women. A drama and performance group meeting weekly in the heart of Bristol. If you have little or no experience of acting/performing don’t let this put you off. The group is run by professional director and performer Lou Barrett and each week there will be drama games, situation drama, role play & script work. Each term the group will work towards a public performance.
Tallulah Theatre was created as a safe space for lesbian, bisexual, transgender or questioning women to tell stories and develop our artistic community.
To get involved and find out more please email Lou direct: louise(at)prettygoodgirl.com Or visit their Facebook page
Off the Cuff Bristol
A comedy improvisation group for women. For those interested in learning skills and techniques of improvisation, building up to a performance through "Whose Line is it Anyway" style games. For more into contact Mitch jammtheatre(at)yahoo.co.uk
Wanted: Good standard recorder players to start new group,
e-mail platt_8(at)hotmail.com for more info
Walking & Cycling
Walk Out Bristol has been set up in conjunction with “ Walk for Health“.
A new walking group for Bristol LGBT people who prefer gentle walks. All ages, abilities and health needs. For walkers, carers and family. Most walks will be wheelchair accessible. Groups led by fully trained walk leaders. Opportunities to be trained as walk leaders. All walks will start and end in a sociable and accessible venue. Special interest walking groups will be set up if there is interest. http://lgbtbristol.org.uk/walkout-bristol/
West Women Walking. ... is a group for gay women who meet to walk together and catch up with old and new friends in a relaxed environment. We look forward to meeting any gay women who would like to join us.
This group is the renamed - Wild Women Walking. The group has been renamed because Wild Women was a bit too exotic to be accepted by all mail servers!
Generally the walks are 6 - 8 miles in length and take place in the south west. The group welcomes gay women over 16 and well behaved and controlled dogs. The walks always take place on the second Sunday of each month.
If you would like to find out more about the group then please call Annmarie on 07804 469991 or email westwomenwalking(at)hotmail.co.uk
Walking Group - slighly shorter walks than the previous group 4, 5 or 6 miles at a gentle pace. Once a month on a Sunday. For details ring Alison on 0117 9714818 or e-mail aliwatt(at)hotmail.co.uk for more info
Dykes on Bikes / Cycle Out
Dykes on Bikes run regular women only cycle rides. Rides are easy pace with stops and breathers as required! children welcome.
Contact Rachel 07813754291 or rachely(at)talktalk.net for more info
Cycleout also run mixed rides and all the rides are to be listed soon on the Gay Outdoor Club website.
Kingsdown Sports Centre every Saturday from 4pm to 6pm, not a beginners group but you don't have to be brilliant either! Call Alison on 0117 9714818 or e-mail aliwatt(at)hotmail.co.uk for more info
The Gay Outdoor Club
is for gay men and women and their friends. It has national membership and local groups all around the country. Most members go for the regular walking events, but there are also groups within GOC based around specific activities such as cycling, badminton, swimming, sailing/kayaking, running, mountain biking, climbing, mountaineering, scuba diving, caving and ski-ing. The GOC is mixed-sex but the climbing group has a good balance of men and women. We aren't sure about the gender mix of the other groups. Website.
Not So Trad
a climbing group for LGBT people. Members are a mix of men and women of various climbing abilities from novices to qualified instructors. Members sometimes bring their non-climbing partners on trips to enjoy the scenery, chill out or do other things like walking, reading, painting or bird-watching. London based but members living outside London can easily participate in climbing trips and weekends away - this year's outings include Cheddar Gorge, the Wye Valley and Dorset, as well as other parts of the country and two trips abroad. Website
Help & Support
Bristol Lesbian and Gay Switchboard
local helpline number - calls are now answered in London 0117 922 1328
LGBT Bristol - Bristol Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Forum
The Forum works with the local lesbian, gay and bisexual community to lobby Bristol City Council for a fair deal for the lesbian, gay and bisexual communities. website
LGBTQ Emotional Wellness Programme
Mental health support group for the LGBTQ community running in Bristol since November 2010. A self-support group, run by LGBTQ people with experience of both working in mental health services and personal experience of mental health difficulties.
It runs every monday evening (except bank holidays) between 7.30pm and 9.30pm at Windmill Hill City Farm Philip St, Bedminster Bristol. It is free to attend, with free refreshments available. Website
Womens Independent Alcohol Support
A women only group. Run by and for women who have or have had issues with alcohol. It seeks to provide friendship and support, without promoting specific treatment/recovery philosophies.
At present the group meets on a Saturday afternoon in Bristol, but other times and places may be arranged. Although small, this friendly group offers a real alternative to women. It arranges outings and info sessions and provides regular “coffee and biscuit” meetings on Saturday afternoons.
Some members have been alcohol free for many years, others are still struggling with alcohol problems. All women are welcome, but we ask that they do not have a drink before they come. The group can be contacted via The Women’s Alcohol Dependency Project.
Intercom is a lesbian gay bisexual and trans community resource in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset, providing help against homophobic and transphobic prejudice, crime and discrimination (including bullying, harassment, abuse, attacks, and threatening behaviour), helping to develop the LGB/T communities, providing professional training and consultancy, and working in partnership with local government, the police, health, etc. Visit their website for more details.
UWE LGBT Staff Network
is the support and lobbying network for all staff members at the University of the West of England (Bristol) Our web pages are intranet only, but the contact is Kate at lgbt(at)uwe.ac.uk
is a specific youth group for LGBT young people aged 13-21 in central Bristol. The group offers personal, social and political education opportunities as well as information, advice and guidance, trips and residentials. For more information about Freedom Youth call 0117 3773677
New LGBT Youth Group in Chipping Sodbury
for young people aged 13-19 who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or questioning their sexuality. It is open to young people from Bristol and South Glos areas.
Friends of GLBT young people are also welcome.
Further information can be found by calling or texting 07557541682 or by emailing youthunltd(at)southglos.gov.uk
Bristol LGBT Cardiac Support Group
New group for members of the Bristol LGBT community who have experienced a cardiac 'event'. Planning to be a very informal social gathering to establish on a monthly basis - tentatively, the last Tuesday evening every month at the Old Market Tavern, 30 Old Market St, Bristol. The aim is for members of our LGBT community who have experienced a cardiac 'event' to get together, chat, share their experiences and establish a support group within our community. However, everyone is welcome to join us.
More Info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/317030825012488/
Not-for-profit organisation set up by a committee of business professionals within the South West. They aim to help generate strong LGBT business connections at a senior level within a confidential and supportive environment. Exclusively for senior LGBT decision makers, Directors, Business Owners, Aspiring business leaders and Entrepreneurs.
Provide an inclusive network and support environment for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people who work, or are intending to work, in the South West and South Wales legal sector.
The intention behind TransBristol is to create a safe space where trans identified people in the Bristol area can share ideas, provide support and plan things Find out more by checking out the website or emailing transbristol : http://transbristol.wordpress.com transbristol(at)gmail.com/
New self-help, mutual support group aimed at supporting male-to-female transsexuals and others undergoing male-to-female gender reassignment in the region once called the metropolitan county of Avon and neighbouring counties.
We have set ourselves up because there are groups in the area for female-to-male gender reassignment, and for the transgender populations generally, but there is no group for the MtF transgendered undergoing complete gender reassignment, whether the gender reassignment is in the present, past or future. http://www.avontranswomen.org.uk
QwesT FTM UK
West country based group which aims to provide a focal point in the UK for Female-toward-Male transsexual, transgender, gender-variant people, and those questioning their gender identity - having previously been assigned as female. http://www.qwestftmuk.org/
Out Stories Bristol
A group devoted to the collection of LGBT History in the Bristol area. Contact via their facebook page
A group of volunteers who produce a weekly LGBT radio show on Bristol's community radio channel BCFM. Contact them via their website if you are interested in getting involved.
L G B T V e n u e s
(all the following venues are mixed)
The Lounge 53 Old Market St, Old Market, Bristol BS2 0ER. Ffi: 0117 922 1224
Mandalyn's 13 Fountain Buildings, Lansdown Hill, Bath BA1 5DX. Ffi: 01225 425403 or www.mandalyns.com
Old Market Tavern 29 Old Market St, Bristol BS2 0HB. Ffi: 0117 922 6123 or www.omtbristol.co.uk
OMG Frog Lane, Frogmore Street, Bristol, Avon BS1 5UX. Ffi: www.omgbristol.com Bristol’s newest gay nightclub.
The Palace 1 West Street, Old Market, Bristol BS2 0DF • Traditional gay pub with regular games, bingo and drag nights.
The Pineapple St George's Rd, Bristol BS1 5UU. Ffi: 0117 316 9938 www.thepineapplebristol.com Now reopened and under new management.
The Retreat 16 West Street, Old Market, Bristol BS2 0DF Open Daily, 11am-midnight
Bristol Bear Bar 2-3 West Street, Bristol BS2 0DF. Ffi: 0117 955 1967 or www.bristolbearbar.co.uk