Welcome to the LGBT+ section of Freedom Quarter, the replacement for the old Gay Leeds platform. We’ve worked hard so that all of the relevant content from the previous platform has been inputted into the new one, whilst also ensuring we don’t leave out any of the history Leeds and the LGBT+ community have created. It’s been a challenging process but we are confident that Freedom Quarter represents everything that describes freedom of the people, whether that be gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and beyond.
The section features posts from our contributors, members of the LGBT+ community. It gives information about the relevant groups and services available in and around Leeds, and also photo galleries from events such as Leeds Pride. We're going to be continuing to update this page regularly so you have all of the latest news, events, information and advice you could need. If you think you know another group, service or bit of information we'd benefit from having up then let us know:
We recently ran a competition with Scentiments UK and asked the community the question:
"The Freedom Bridge which was completed in the Lower Briggate area earlier this year acts as a ‘Shining Beacon’ For City's LGBT People.
What does this mean to you positively as a member of the community?"
Here is the winning answer:
Featuring the best of British cabaret, The Viaduct Showbar brings a touch of magic to the quarter. Themed nights, quirky bar staff and unbeatable drinks offers, it's a place for all walks of life. The Viaduct has talented drag queens and features regular acts from all around the world in their Big Show Sunday specials.
Famous for it's involvement in the Courtyard parties, Queenscourt is a bar, club and even offers a decent food menu which provides it's customers with an all round experience. Adjacent to Bar Fibre, it is a popular destination to visit.
Recently awarded 'Blue Plaque' status for it's contribution to the LGBT community, The New Penny is a place where you will walk out with more friends than you went in with. It's quirky atmosphere combined with cheesy songs leave you reminiscing and dancing the night away.
Up until about 3 years ago Blayds was a women's only venue, however this is no longer the case. Hidden away down the side of Stone Roses and opposite Fibre, Blayds is a warm and eccentric venue and has recently been refurbished. They are happy to welcome anyone.
Are a running group set up for the LGBT community and their friends. They aim to be the friendliest running club in Leeds and are part of the International Frontrunners (IFR).
Leeds Frontrunners offer a friendly and sociable place for all our runners, regardless of age, sexuality or gender to train with others and to achieve their goals in a supportive and lively environment. For membership information or enquiries visit their Facebook page.
Open to all ages, this is an LGBT kickboxing group which wants to challenge the homophobic views while developing self-defence and kickboxing skills.
Launched in November 2016, the Leeds Hunters are a new inclusive rugby group open to all gay, bisexual and straight males.
No need to book, you can just turn up on the day to train with the team, is open to all ages and skill levels (including those new to the game).
Location: Roundhay Park, near to the Oakwood Clock tower
The Yorkshire Terriers were one of the first gay friendly teams to be founded and put together in the UK.
Since 2000, they have been playing and winning leagues, competitions and mini tournaments ever since! They have a full website packed with fixtures and information: http://www.terriersfc.co.uk/
This social event is an opportunity to meet with members of the Leeds inclusive sports and active lifestyles groups, without the commitment of attending a training session with them.
These socials are held at Queenscourt each month in Leeds. Check back for the March date when it's confirmed!
Leeds Bi Group is a social/support group that meets twice a month in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
The group is for people aged 18 years old or over who are, or think they might be, attracted to more than one gender.
Consisting of 841 members, the Leeds Gay Men Group organise social events in an environment where members can meet, relax and make friends while having a great time.
They hold all kinds of interesting, exciting or just plain fun events and membership is free.
Meetup.com is a great website for socialising and finding groups that are suited to your likes and interests. This group consists of 939 (currently) women. They love to meet up and chat during newbies nights every other week, go for walks, cinema trips, meals out and oodles more, including the occasional night out around the scene.
Welcome all to the Leeds LGBT+ friendly walking/adventure and social activity group. This is open to all, Gay, Straight, Bi, A-sexual, Trans and even you dog. The Hills Have Gays have numerous events and activities outdoors which are available for anyone who wants to go along! Find all of the events and information on their Facebook page.
LGBT SERVICES AND SUPPORT
There are a wide range of services and support for the LGBT and other communities on this page. They range from support services for STI's, confidential HIV screening, helplines and societies aimed at LGBT people. Click each link where available for further information about what is offered.
BHA LeedsSkyline provides prevention and support services for anyone at risk of, living with or affected by HIV in Leeds.
If you feel like getting involved with the group, they're always looking for volunteers!
Stonewall is a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights charity in the United Kingdom named after the Stonewall Inn of Stonewall riots fame in New York City's Greenwich Village.
Stonewall campaigns for the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people across Britain.
Replacing the services at Sunshine Wing, The Merrion Centre clinic offers walk in appointments for full STI and HIV testing during the day. Leeds Sexual Health is an integrated service aiming to deliver prevention and treatment for any sexual health needs to people living in Leeds
You can also book selected appointments in the morning and evening to suit working schedules.
Yorkshire MESMAC is one of the oldest and largest sexual health organisations in the country.
They offer services to various communities including men who have sex with men, BME people, people misusing drugs, sex workers and LGB&T* young people and adults.
Monthly Dry Drop In
The aims of this event is to provide a safe space for the LGBT* communities (and those questioning their sexuality/gender identity) for socialising, meeting new people and finding out about other social events and groups across the city. Under 18's welcome.
June 6th - Mill Hill Chapel
18:30 - 20:30
Blacks is a firm of solicitors in Leeds, providing legal services to clients throughout Yorkshire and the UK. Blacks specialise in family law, wills and probate, employment, commercial, sport, property and a wide range of other private client and business law issues.
Blacks are actively involved in the advancement of inclusion in Leeds; sponsoring the Leeds Hunters, supporting the Leeds LGBT* book club, and working alongside the LCC LGBT* Hub to promote diversity and acceptance throughout the Leeds commercial sector.
The group meets on Fridays at 11am-2pm.
This group is for anyone in the LGBT community, including (but not limited to) people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary, asexual, intersex or are questioning their identity. They provide a safe space for you to talk about any feelings or share thoughts.
Contact Patrick at firstname.lastname@example.org
All groups are held at: Dial House, 12 Chapel Street, Halton, Leeds, LS15 7RW
Terrence Higgins Trust is at the forefront of the fight against HIV and improving the nation’s sexual health. The main aim for them is to end the transmission of HIV in the UK.
Their website provides a lot of information, resources and contacts which are useful if you need someone to talk to.
The EQUALS Society at Leeds beckett is a fun, safe and active LGBTQ* community established to promote the wellbeing and happiness of its members. We are very much a society lead by its members input and requests. We run events ranging from scene tours to camping trips and much much more!
Anything you need to know can be found by visiting their website, so take a look around!
A new project that aims to tackle the social isolation faced by older LGBT*Q people.
This is a partnership project between Yorkshire MESMAC and AgeUK Leeds. It's main aim is to address the social isolation faced by older people and is led by Leeds Older Peoples Forum.
If you are 50+ and want to get involved, get in touch with Jude Woods to find out more:
Supports young people with issues on homophobia, housing, scene life, sexual health and is also somewhere to meet in a safe environment and not feel nervous or worried.
Out to 18 meets every other Thursday from 6.30pm till 8.30pm in a central Leeds location.
Just call the group's youth worker on 07712 214421 or email for any further information or directions.
Do you need someone to talk to in confidence? The LGBT switchboard service offers just that.
They're here to help you with whatever you want to talk about. Nothing is off limits, and they understand how anxious you might feel before you pick up the phone.
10am-10pm every day
The Leeds Trinity Student Union LGBT+ society offers support to LTU'S LGBT* students aswell as putting on events for LGBT* students and the wider Leeds Trinity Community.
The only official Twitter account is @LeedsTrinitySU LGBT Society. Follow them and keep updated on events as they happen!