York has a small number of LGBT venues, and a growing number of regular events, groups and organisations. The guide below provides details of these, including brief descriptions and links to more information (or, in their absence, contact details).
Note that the ‘Regular events and meeting groups’ section does not include York Pride or York LGBT History Month, as these only take place once per year. Details of these can instead be found in the ‘Charities and organisations’ section.
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- Regular events and meeting groups
- Charities and organisations
- University/higher education groups
The Nags Head
Under new ownership, The Nags Head on Micklegate underwent a complete renovation in anticipation of York Pride 2014, for which it served as the official event bar at the Knavesmire and one of the official after-parties. The bar, owned by the same landlady as Thomas’s, includes a beer garden with a wall of merry fictional characters and a trebles for singles drinks deal.
Thomas’s is a popular bar on the scene, particularly amongst students, and has played host to a number of York Pride events. We pride ourselves on a warm welcome, local real ales including one of the UK’s rarest, a hand-picked wine list and great food from local farms and suppliers. Thomas’s is owned by the same landlady as The Nags Head.
Regular events and meeting groups
A trans group offering a safe meeting space for people who currently identify as trans or are beginning to explore their gender identity. We meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.
L-Lit: York Lesbian Reading Group reads books by lesbian/bisexual authors or books with lesbian or women’s themes, as much as possible. We read mostly fiction. We meet on the third Thursday of each month at 18:30 and books are selected each month for the following meeting. The group usually meets in the York Explore Library café, but due to the library’s renovation we are currently meeting at Thomas’s Bar across the road.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Other Coffee and Cake
A joint venture between York LGBT Forum, York Pride and Yorkshire MESMAC, the group encourages, inspires and supports LGBT people who are isolated and need somebody to chat to. The main goal is to help people feel part of a community, have their views and feelings heard and to have some fun. The group meets the first Saturday of every month at Yorkshire MESMAC. For more information, contact Jake Furby: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07935 200 575.
We are a group of gorgeous gay women of York and the surrounding area that are friendly and enjoy meeting and making like-minded new friends. We have set up this group in York due to the lack of such a group in this great city. The purpose is to make new friends, have fun in a relaxed atmosphere and share/attend other events. We welcome all gorgeous gay women from the LGBT community.
A social group for men with HIV, predicated on living happily with HIV, with meetings every month at Yorkshire MESMAC. For more information, contact Ben: email@example.com or 07771 931 335.
Proud is the monthly LGBT club night run by York Pride to raise funds. Proud is also our way of ensuring the LGBT community has a safe environment to enjoy a night out. Proud’s playlist is modern pop and dance with some age-old classics thrown in.
New LGBT running club. A warm welcome guaranteed. Sundays at 10am at York Sport Village near Grimston Bar Park and Ride. We meet just inside the entrance.
York Lesbian Social Group
A York-based social group, established over twenty years ago, for lesbians to keep in touch and enjoy friendship with like-minded women. We are all ages and our meetings are casual and informal. We meet on a monthly basis for a bite to eat at a local restaurant, but you’re welcome to just have a drink or a cup of coffee. Members also organise ad hoc events. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07989 927 165.
York LGBT Social Group
A new social group developed by York LGBT Forum, aiming to bring together people who identify as LGBT*, curious, any other non-cisnormative or heteronormative identities and allies. The group meets monthly and aims to provide activities for members to engage with, such as a gay history walk. Membership is free. For more information, contact Jake Furby: email@example.com or 07935 200 575.
A peer support and social group based in York offering a safe space to discuss issues to do with mental health and sexuality and to meet other queer women. This is a trans* inclusive space. Age 18+. Meets every second Thursday. For more information and to join, contact Jess Wynn: firstname.lastname@example.org, 07710 099 028 or 01904 620 400.
York Third Saturday
A night out aimed at transgender people, crossdressers, transvestites, LGBQ people and their admirers and partners, starting at Thomas’s Bar at 20:00, moving to the Corner Pin at 22:00 and then Flares around 00:00. The event is free, but Flares charges £3 entry. You are encouraged to wear whatever you feel comfortable wearing. For more information, contact Lisa Kelly: email@example.com.
Charities and organisations
HLGBT Performing Arts York (heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual) is committed to creating social harmony and integration and pushing the boundaries of contemporary performing arts by organising regular performances to showcase the very best talent around regardless of the performer’s and their content’s orientation. The performances are 100% for everyone, with any luck will introduce you to new art and will range from theatre, poetry, and spoken word to dance, music and art installations.
York LGBT Forum works on behalf of the LGBT communities within the York area and beyond. We’re a campaigning, local community organisation and we aim to:
- promote equality, diversity and social inclusion to LGBT people;
- support and encourage LGBT inclusion in all aspects of life;
- challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia;
- work with partners and organisations in developing initiatives that will enhance and safeguard LGBT people’s lives.
York LGBT History Month brings together organisations across York for a cohesive, collaborative, city-wide campaign. This is achieved through the creation and promotion of a single programme of public events. Its purpose is to enable the whole community (LGBT or not) to learn about the past struggles and achievements of LGBT people, and potentially about the challenges that remain, with the aim of promoting and advancing equality, diversity and inclusion.
York Pride aims to promote equality, diversity and advances in education, in order to eliminate discrimination against the LGBT community. We raise awareness of LGBT issues by promoting and staging events – namely the main York Pride event held each year – and taking part in campaigning. We aim for York to be a place where diversity offered by the LGBT community is celebrated and LGBT people can feel safe and accepted.
Website | Facebook (Ben Arnup, North Yorkshire Community Development Worker) | Twitter
Yorkshire MESMAC was founded in the early 1990s to counter the spread of HIV and AIDS. From the outset our focus was reducing the transmission of HIV amongst gay men. Our remit is now broader, as we seek to inform anyone vulnerable to a sexually transmitted virus. We offer a rapid HIV testing service, with a result in 20 minutes, across Yorkshire.
University/higher education groups
Higher York LGBTI Matters Staff Networks
The city of York has a number of higher education institutions: University of York, York St John University, Askham Bryan College and York College (for more details visit Higher York). Some of these institutions have staff forums/networks that work towards equality for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ). This Facebook page exists to facilitate communication between those groups, and with other people interested in the area of LGBTIQ rights.
University of York LGBTI Matters – Staff Sexual Diversity and Equality Forum
The University staff equality forum was set up to help inform and influence the University’s work on equality in relation to its gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex staff and to work towards a culture in which all members of the university community are able to participate and fulfil their potential in an environment where they are valued and respected.
The LGBT Staff Network at York St John University contributes to the achievement of an environment where everyone feels welcome and where the needs of individuals are recognised and addressed so that they can reach their full potential, regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity.
LGBTQ Postgraduate Network (University of York)
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Postgraduate Network, supported by the Graduate Student Association, is a community of postgraduate students that self-identify as LGBTQ. The Network aims to foster a nurturing and inclusive environment in the University of York for postgraduate LGBTQ students both by encouraging and organising frequent social interactions between them and liaising with local LGBTQ groups to engage with the wider community in campaigns to raise awareness about LGBTQ issues.
LGBTQ Social is a society tailored for all non-heterosexual and/or non-cisgendered students at the University. It provides a safe space for students to become part of the community who otherwise may have felt marginalised due to their sexual or gender identity. We provide a social space as opposed to the campaigns and welfare provided by the LGBTQ Network, and hold varied socials twice per week.
YSJ LGBT+ aims to be inclusive to anyone who is accepting of all people regardless of their orientation or gender, whether you are lesbian, gay, bi, trans, questioning/curious, straight, ‘out’, not ‘out’ or anything else. We are a friendly group currently trying to establish our place at the university, working very closely with the LGBT+ Champions trying to create a fun and peaceful environment not only at our socials but also in the university campus.
We run campaigns on LGBTQ issues and aim to fight homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and hetrosexism to help create a safe and inclusive environment in the university. We also look out for the welfare of LGBTQ students at York by holding drop-in sessions, providing information and support, and running welfare campaigns. Our events and campaigns cover a wide range of issues that aim to increase LGBTQ representation on campus.