Being a part of the queer community can be a wonderful thing, but it can also be isolating and anxiety inducing. From time to time, it can be nice to meet up with like-minded individuals to show support and have fun. Events for the LGBTQ+ community don’t just run through Pride season, so we’ve listed some events which run throughout the year and some upcoming events up and down the country so you might find one that’s just right for you!
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LGBTQ History Club- London
This is a free monthly event that takes place in London Metropolitan Archives, where you explore lesbian, gay, trans, bisexual and queer histories.
Meditation for LGBTQ+ Women and Trans- London
This is another monthly class that runs on the second Friday of every month and is open to all levels of experience. It’s a place to go for LGBTQ+ buddhists and meditators to share their practises together.
LGBTQ Empowerment circle- Brighton
This is a trans-inclusive, one-off event for LGBTQ+ women who might be struggling with self-acceptance, shame or discomfort related to their sexual orientation. The event aims to provide support and healing.
Drag World- London
Europe’s biggest celebration of Drag is back for another year. It runs for two whole days at London’s Olympia and hosts Q&As, as well as meet and greets with all your favourite drag queens!
Youth Crew LGBTQ Coffee and craft group- Hampshire
This crafting group aims to create a relaxed environment, where people who identify or are questioning their gender or sexuality can talk freely about whatever they need.
Too Desi Too Queer- Birmingham
This is an evening of LGBTQ+ short films from South Asia and the UK, followed by a panel discussion exploring community empowerment and looking after individual wellbeing.
Out in STEM- Cambridge
This panel discussion hosts some incredible LGBTQ+ STEM researchers who will talk about their experiences in academia and their research/teachings.
The Sparkle Weekend- Manchester
Manchester hosts this celebration of gender identity which features entertainment from trans and non-binary artists and musicians, food and refreshments and help and advice from support groups and LGBTQ+ organisations.
L fest- Llandudno
L Fest is the UK’s award winning lesbian music, arts and comedy festival. It takes place over three days in July in North Wales.
Iris Pride Festival
This is a six-day international queer film festival, which happens every October, celebrating LGBTQ+ film.
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