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Events tagged with "Lesbian and Gay community Centre"

Gay Youth Groups

Birmingham has been home to several gay Youth Groups over the years, from early groups based out of the two Lesbian and Gay Community Centres to other groups which have met at diverse locations such as Nechells Green community centre in the early 90s...

Gladrag

By 1974 Birmingham Gay Liberation Front Newsletter had been retitled Gladrag. As GLF activity dissipated in the city, Gladrag became the magazine of the Lesbian and Gay Community Centre Bordesley Street. download a full copy of Gladrag from December ...

Lesbian and Gay Community Centre, Aston

The Lesbian and Gay Community Centre Aston opened in September 1984 at 291 Corporation St , opposite Aston University. The centre was 'a voluntary, non-profit making organisation run by homosexual women and men, whose aim it is to promote the welf...

Rugby and Sandwell ban gays and lesbians

In September the Tory controlled Rugby council decided not to include the term ‘sexual orientation’ in its equal opportunities policy. In subsequent statements the Council’s leader (and others) have made it clear that this means they will discriminat...

Memories tagged with "Lesbian and Gay community Centre"

Attitudes to disability in the 1980s

Attitudes to disability in the 1980sTrevor, who is severely disabled and uses a wheelchair says “Attitudes were very different twenty years ago both to being gay and disabled. We’ve moved on. The reaction to me as a disabled gay man has not been easy...

Closure of Lesbian and Gay Centre, Aston, '86

“It was really sad when the Lesbian and Gay Community Centre closed down. It existed for about three to four years with major funding from the then West Midlands County Council and then we lost the funding. No one had much commercial acumen also no o...

Comfortable at the Matador

“The Lesbian and Gay Community Centre discos went on at the Matador for years, alternating I think with Switchboard discos. I liked it very much, at times there were a lot of women, times more women than men, or vice versa, I always felt OK there, I ...

Disablity and the Lesbian and Gay Centre c.1984

Trevor is disabled and uses a wheelchair, talks about the culture at the Lesbian and Gay Community Centre, Aston in the mid 1980s.“To some extent there were still prejudices but there was a culture of much more acceptance and there were another coupl...

Gay Centre Closes

“The Gay Centre ran for about three years, until the lease came to an end, there were problem with dilapidations and whether we would be stung to repair the premises. We closed it there so it would not peter out.” “There are six terraced houses nearb...

Gay Centre Committee and Switchboard 1977

Caroline was on the first Gay Community Centre Committee and Gay Switchboard 1970s:“I’m someone who gets involved in things so after coming out, I was involved with various groups. I was on the committee of the first Gay Community Centre, on the corn...

Lesbian and Gay Centre helped me come out '84

“The Lesbian and Gay community Centre in Corporation Street, Aston near the Fire Station had recently opened (1984). My friend said it looked quite accessible, so I went and that’s when I started to come out. It was a coffee bar with some socials and...

Marching at Gay Pride 1980

“My first contact with the Birmingham gay community was in 1980 when the Lesbian and Gay Community Centre organised a minibus trip to the Pride March in London. It was a great experience, my first Pride march, very different from today, the route wen...

Never as happy in Gay Centre number two - '84+

After the first Gay Community Centre had to close in 1978, the committee continued to meet, ultimately finding an alternative location for a Lesbian and Gay Community Centre, in Aston, in 1984.Gill: “A lot of work went into finding somewhere else, an...

Poor location and high running costs

“The Lesbian and Gay Community Centre tried very hard to find a central location near the gay village even to the point of almost exchanging contracts. But when they discovered that the holding company ‘Lamda Limited’, was a gay organisation, people ...

The County Council grant was never paid 87/88

Following the media hysteria, there was a legal challenge to the West Midlands Residuary Body, the legal body charged with winding up the affairs of the County Council, and we got into the position where we were paying for the other running costs, we...

The Evening Mail was outraged !

“We opened the Lesbian and Gay Community Centre in 1985, once we secured the building and started decorating, some money was secured from the West Midlands County Council – a small grant which paid for some equipment, £500 for some second hand sinks ...