Community Groups

You can browse this list of community groups by location, with separate sections for Edinburgh and Glasgow and Scotland overall. This directory provides the details of all the community groups that are supported by us, as well as a directories for a number of physical activity groups, art groups and community social groups.

Some community groups are supported and promoted by LGBT Health and Wellbeing. They are, however, self-managed and self-organising, so their regular activities are not facilitated by LGBT Health and Wellbeing staff.

Community Groups Support

Do you have a hobby or interest that you’d like to share with others? Have you thought about joining a community group but haven’t found one that you were passionate about? Why not start a brand new group!

We have lots of experience in helping individuals start up and develop successful community groups. We can assist you with planning and publicity, identifying a suitable venue and can provide ongoing support throughout the group’s existence, so don’t hesitate to get in contact if you have an idea you’d like to discuss further.

Edinburgh
Jules Stapleton Barnes is responsible for supporting community groups and community group leaders in Edinburgh. If you wish to speak to her about any aspect of a community groups, do not hesitate to contact her via jules@lgbthealth.org.uk or call 0131 523 1104.

Glasgow
Kelly Minio-Paluello is responsible for supporting community groups and community group leaders in Glasgow and can be contacted via kelly@lgbthealth.org.uk or by calling 0141 271 2330

Fife
Diane Florence is responsible for supporting community groups and community group leaders in Glasgow and can be contacted via diane@lgbthealth.org.uk or by calling 0131 523 1100

 

EDINBURGH

LGBT Physical Activity Groups

Outdoorsy LGBT

We’re a new, friendly group that organises outdoorsy activities for LGBT people – single or partnered – of all ages and abilities, although individual events won’t necessarily be suitable for all abilities. We’ll organise anything that’s outdoorsy: walks – from a stroll around a park to climbing a Munro – wild camping, mountain-biking, road-cycling, climbing, kayaking, sailing, wild swimming, etc… We also organise non-outdoorsy events: cinema trips, visits to museums and galleries, attending talks and performances, meals/drinks-out, etc… We love meeting new members, and we understand that attending your first event can be at least a little daunting, so we’ve prepared this: First-time nerves.
Meetup group: www.meetup.com/outdoorsy-lgbt 

LGBT Basketball Group

Tuesdays 7-8pm, £3 per session
A friendly and informal weekly group for beginner and regular players alike. No need to book, just turn up. Meets at Leith Community Education Centre. Email: LGBTbasketballedinburgh@gmail.com

The Amazing Gracies Football Team

Wednesdays 7pm
The club promotes participation in football for the LGBT (and non-LGBT) women’s community. New players of all levels welcome to come along. Plays on the 5-a-side outdoor astroturf pitch at Drummond Community High School. Email: amazinggraciesfc@hotmail.com

HotScots 

Scotland’s first LGBT football team, which meets regularly with like-minded teams throughout the UK and internationally. Whilst being competitive, we also pride ourselves on being an all-inclusive, community club. We arrange local friendlies and 5-aside tournaments, as well as popular socials throughout the year. Email: mail@hotscotsfc.com, Website: www.hotscotsfc.com, Facebook: www.facebook.com/HotScotsFC, Twitter: @HotScotsFC

ShuttleScots Badminton Group

Tuesdays 7-9pm
Relaxed and friendly group of mixed ability players, including beginners. The club is a great opportunity to meet new people, make friends and get some exercise. Meets in Hall 1, Meadowbank Sports Centre. Email: info@shuttlescots.co.uk, Website: www.shuttlescots.co.uk

Edinburgh Racqueteers

Thursdays 7-9pm
An inclusive (mainly gay and lesbian) badminton club. Seeks more full-time and part-time players. Plays more at an intermediate level and takes part in some friendly competitions. Come along, have fun, enjoy meeting the other members for a friendly game and a social get-together afterwards. Plays all year round and can generally accommodate more players during the summer season (May-Aug). Meets at Meadowbank Stadium. Email: info@theracqueteers.co.uk

Caledonian Thebans RFC

Tuesdays and Thursdays 6.30pm
Scotland’s first gay/bi friendly rugby club. We offer gay/bi/trans men the chance to learn the game and play rugby in a safe and supportive environment, though all sexualities are welcome. New players (18+) at whatever level or experience, and new supporters are equally welcome to the club. We train twice weekly at the Murrayfield back pitches. Website: www.thebans-rfc.co.uk

Lilidots

Last Saturday or Sunday 10am
Walking group for woman who identify with the lesbian community. We have a variety of walks throughout the year, some taking in a hill or two (sometimes Munros), while others are low level. Women travel from throughout Scotland to enjoy the walks and the company. We also have twice yearly walking week-ends in a beautiful part of Scotland. Many women come on their own, and we pride ourselves on being welcoming to new women. Email: Lilidots@hotmail.com, website: www.lilidots.co.uk

Edinburgh Frontrunners

 Wednesdays 6.50pm and Saturdays 9.50am
Edinburgh Frontrunners is a recreational running group that provides a safe and social atmosphere for LGBT runners and their straight friends. Membership is open to anyone regardless of age, gender identity or expression, sexuality or running ability. Our regular meet-ups offer running options ranging from step-by-step beginners training to challenging 10k routes, and we always end our runs by sharing a meal at a local restaurant. Meet at the Commonwealth Pool on Saturdays and Glenogle Swim Centre on Saturdays. Website: www.edinburghfrontrunners.org/, Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/EdinburghFrontrunners/, Twitter: @EdiFrontrunners

The Gay Outdoor Club 

Operates throughout the UK and provides a wide range of outdoor and indoor sports and recreational activities for LGBT people and their friends. In Scotland there are groups which arrange day walks, cycling, mountain biking, badminton, running, swimming, and kayaking.  There are also mountaineering, caving, and rock climbing groups, which organise weekend and longer events further afield. Tel: 0141 950 1081, email: scotland@goc.org.uk,  Website: www.goc.org.uk

LGBT Arts Groups

 Loud & Proud Choir

 Monday Evenings
Scotland’s LGBT community choir, based in Edinburgh. The choir sings a wide range of music and performs regularly in Scotland and beyond. No experience necessary; nor is the ability to read music. It is a membership organisation, paid for by subscription to cover costs – discounted rates are available for people on low/no income. Meets every Monday evening in a city centre location. Email: membership@loudandproudchoir.org, Website: www.loudandproudchoir.org, Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoudandProudChoir

Edinburgh Gay Men’s Chorus

Tuesdays 7.30-9.30pm
The Edinburgh Gay Men’s Chorus is a community choir with over 50 active singing members of all ages. Their repertoire includes contemporary pop, rock, show tunes, barber shop, American classics and Scottish songs. The Chorus aims to be a fun, social and supportive environment for members and raises funds and awareness for local charities and causes through song. Meets in the Abbeyhill area of Edinburgh. Email: pr@egmc.co.uk, website: www.egmc.co.uk, Facebook: www.facebook.com/EdinGayMensChorus, Twitter: @EdGayMensChorus

Edinburgh Gay Men’s Book Group

4th Wednesday 7-9pm
An inclusive group where you can meet new people and read and discuss interesting books. Meets at LGBT Health and Wellbeing. Email: info@gaybookgroup.co.uk
Website: https://edgaybookgroup.wordpress.com

The Ladybird Book Group

2nd Tuesday 7.30pm
Gay women’s book group which meets at Cafe Nom de Plume on Broughton Street. The reading list is a mixture of fiction and non-fiction. Email:ladybirdbookgroup@hotmail.com

The Luvvies

 The first and only LGBT Theatre Company in Edinburgh. If you’d like to act, direct, stage manage, produce, help with costume, props, make-up or have a chance to learn any other theatrical role, then we want to meet you. No previous experience necessary. The best way new members can get in touch is by email. Email: info@theluvvies.org, Website: www.theluvvies.org

LGBT Social Groups

Unscene Edinburgh

Unscene Edinburgh is Scotland’s largest gay social group, with over 1,000 gay and bi guys organising and enjoying a great range of events away from the scene – from quiz nights, beer tastings, dinners and live music, to canoeing, cycling, walking and after work socials.  We hold around 100 events each year and we’re free to join.  We use the Meetup social platform and you can find us here – http://www.meetup.com/unscene-edinburgh-gay-and-bi-guys

Bi and Beyond Edinburgh

1st & 3rd Wednesday 7-9pm
A fortnightly social gathering for people who identify as bisexual and non-monosexual. With organised social activities and refreshments provided, whatever your label or lack of label we welcome you. Contact: biandbeyondedinburgh@gmail.com

Rubyfruits Edinburgh

Wednesdays 7pm and  1st Sunday of each month at 3pm
For lesbians and bi women. Meets Wednesday evenings anytime after 7pm at Joseph Pearce, 23 Elm Row EH7 4AA and 1st Sunday of each month anytime after 3pm at The Regent. Widen your social circle, network, plan weekend/eve activities (e.g. walking, cinema, exhibitions) and maybe meet that special somebody. Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/RUBYFRUITS-Edinburgh-Lesbian-Bisexual-Women-Social-Group/
Email: rubyfruitsedinburgh@yahoo.com

BearScots is Scotland’s group for bears, cubs, chubs and their admirers. We hold monthly bear events in both Edinburgh and Glasgow, and host the annual ‘BearScotFest’ extravaganza in October. The group also runs regular trips and visits across Scotland and around the UK for our members. Membership is free and is open to anyone over the age of 18 who identifies as a gay or bisexual man. We fundraise for and support the work of Gay Men’s Health, Scotland’s charity for gay men. Email: info@bearscots.org.uk, Website: www.bearscots.org.uk, Facebook: www.facebook.com/bear.scots

Caffmos

 3rd Sunday 1-4pm
A group for mature gay men and their admirers, part of a national network. Meets in Cafe Habana, Greenside Place. Email: caffmoscommunity@yahoo.com (Caffmos general), Email: ebsc18624@blueyonder.co.uk (Edward, meeting coordinator), Website: www.caffmoscommunity.com

Lesbian and Gay Real Ale Drinkers 

1st Monday 9pm
The Edinburgh group of CAMRA’s Task Group for LGBT real ale and cider fans. Meets in The Regent to sample the brewers’ art. Tel: 0131 557 8790, Website: www.lagrad-edinburgh.org.uk, Facebook: www.facebook.com/edinburgh.lagrad

Gay Gordons

Monday 7.30pm
Dancers of all ages and levels of experience are welcome at this LGBTQI Scottish country dance group. Each term introduces a new programme of dances, so it’s ideal if you can come along at the start  (September, January or May). The emphasis is on fun. All we ask is that if you come to one of our classes, you’re happy to dance with everyone – man with man, woman with woman, or man with woman! Meets at Kirk O’Field Church Hall, The Pleasance, EH8 9RR. Email: info@gaygordonsedinburgh.com, Website: www.gaygordonsedinburgh.com

Trans Community Groups

Edinburgh Trans Women

1st Saturday of each month 7.30-9.30pm 

Support group aimed at transsexual women at any stage of transition, women who are transgender and live as women full-time or part-time or for those who are questioning their gender identity. We look forward to meeting you and prefer that you email us the first time you want to visit the group. This helps with security and helps us get ready to welcome you. Group contact: info@edinburghtranswomen.org.uk

 Me & T Monthly

4th Sunday of each month 2-4pm 

This is a supportive space for people who have friends, family or partners who are transgender or exploring their gender, and provides an opportunity to meet other people who may have similar experiences, questions or concerns. Group contact: me.and.t.scotland@gmail.com. Also read more about the group here: http://meandtscotland.wordpress.com/

LGBT Youth Groups

LGBT Youth run a range of youth groups, activities, volunteer opportunities, and events for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender young people and their friends. Their Edinburgh youth groups take place in Leith.  For more information about any of these groups or other activities get in touch. Address: 40 Commercial Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6JD, email: info@lgbtyouth.org.uk, Website: www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/edinburgh

SHRYT (Sexual Health & Relationships Youth Team)

 Mondays 6.30-8.30pm
Weekly group for 16 to 24 year olds working on sexual health education and outreach.

Beyond Gender

Tuesdays 7-9pm
Weekly group for transgender people and their friends aged 13 to 25. Website: www.beyondgender.org

Sound Youth

Wednesdays 6.30-8.30pm
Weekly group for people aged 13 to 17.

Vada

Thursdays 7-9pm
Weekly group for people aged 17 to 25.

 

GLASGOW

LGBT Social Groups

Sandyford Trans Women’s Support Group

1st Wednesday 6-745pm; 3rd Saturday 12-2pm
Open to any male to female (MTF) people. Meets twice a month on first Wednesday 6-7.45pm and third Saturday 12-2.00pm. Email: colinmackillop@nhs.net

Trans Men Scotland

Peer support for all female to male trans men, and for anyone labelled female at birth who is exploring their gender identity. Holds meetings in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Email: admin@transmenscotland.org.uk

West of Scotland LGBT Forum

 Umbrella organisation which brings together organisations, groups and individuals representing LGBT people in the West of Scotland to provide opportunities for networking, information exchange, co-operation and co-ordination.

Email: info@woslgbt.org.uk

Website: www.woslgbt.org.uk

 Free Pride

Free Pride is an LGBTQIA community group which aims to put the voices of the most marginalised at the heart of our activism. Our main event takes place on Glasgow Pride day, featuring performers, djs, workshops and stalls. We also run community events, film screenings and club nights throughout the year. All of our events are free, and we are always looking for people to get involved, so if you’re interested then don’t hesitate to email us at freeprideglasgow@outlook.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/freeprideglasgow/?fref=ts
Twitter: @FreePrideGla

LGBT Sport & Physical Activity Groups

Glasgow Gay Rambling Group

 2nd Saturday 11am
Meets near Charing Cross, Glasgow. Walks are decided on the morning, partly depending on the weather, and partly on ideas suggested by those present. Cars are shared. Bring a packed lunch. Tel: 0141 950 1081. Email: robert@gocscotland.org

Glasgow FrontRunners

Thursday 6.15pm and Sunday 10.30am
Glasgow FrontRunners is an award-winning inclusive running club with strong links to Glasgow’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and friends. GFR welcomes all budding runners, regardless of age, gender identity or expression, sexuality or running ability.

We meet on Thursdays at 6.15 pm and Sundays at 10.30 am, at the Arc Sports Complex at Caledonian University (Cowcaddens Rd, opposite Buchanan Bus Station).

Our JogScotland-trained jog leaders offer a range of runs each session that take you through the sights and scenes of Greater Glasgow. We cater for all abilities throughout the year – in January our 9-week ‘Couch to 5km’ programme supports absolute beginners, and each week jog leaders offer a whole range of options from easy-paced 5kms, right through to 10km, half-marathon and full-marathon training programmes.

On the first Thursday each month we follow up the run with a social night at Cafe Hula. We also have an active and inclusive women’s group who meet on the last Thursday each month.

Whether you’re just starting out, looking to improve, compete, or just to meet fellow LGBT runners, come along and try it out! email run@glasgowfrontrunners.org, or check our website http://glasgowfrontrunners.org/ for more info!

LGBT Arts Groups

Glasgay!

Scotland’s annual celebration of LGBT culture. Email:info@glasgay.co.uk, Website: www.glasgay.co.uk

Glasgow Women’s Library

Accredited museum and library which houses the UK’s national Lesbian Archives. Deliver a variety of projects and also produce Hens Tae Watch Oot Fur, a queer feminist zine. Address: 23 Landressy Street, Glasgow, G40 1BP, email: info@womenslibrary.org.uk, website: www.womenslibrary.org.uk

Hillhead Library LGBT Book Group

3rd Thursday, 6.30pm
Meet 3rd Thursday of each month, 6:30pm, to discuss a variety of LGBT-related texts. Email: lil@glasgowlife.org.uk

Lock Up Your Daughters

Queer magazine and film-making collective. Meet monthly in Glasgow city centre. Email: lockupyourdaughtersmagazine@gmail.com, Website: www.lockupyourdaughtersmagazine.co.uk

OurStory Scotland

A charity which works to collect, archive and present the life stories and experiences of the LGBT Community in Scotland. Email:info@ourstoryscotland.org.uk, website: www.ourstoryscotland.org.uk

LGBT Youth Groups

LGBT Youth run a range of youth groups, activities, volunteer opportunities, and events for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender young people and their friends. Their Glasgow youth groups all take place at Bell Street in Glasgow City Centre.  For more information about any of these groups or other activities get in touch. Email: info@lgbtyouth.org.uk, Website: www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/glasgow, Address: 30 Bell Street, Glasgow G1 1LG.

Rainbow Sisters

1st & 3rd Monday, 7-9pm
A youth group that supports young lesbian, bisexual and transgender women aged 14 to 25.

TYG – Trans* Youth Glasgow

2nd & 4th Monday, 7-9pm
A group for young people aged 13 to 25 who identify as transgender.

Shout 13-18 Youth Group

Tuesday 7-9pm
The group is for young people under the age of 18 who identify as LGB or T.

Standout 18-25 Youth Group

Wednesday 7-9pm
The group is for young people aged 18-25 who identify as LGB or T.

 

SCOTLAND

For a comprehensive directory of LGBT groups and organisations across Scotland please visit the Equality Network and ScotsGay websites.