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The LGBTQIA+ Clubs, Venues and Support Networks in Nottingham

22 September 21 words: Caroline Barry and Frieda Wignall
photos: Tom Morley

We've put together a list of some of the clubs, venues and support networks that can help you meet more people in Nottingham's vibrant LGBTQIA+ community...

Clubs and Collectives

‘Making space in a straight white world’ – a social group for LGBTQ+ people of colour in Nottingham and the surrounding areas.

Nottingham Ladies 20/30s
Facebook group for meetups and drinks.

Drag collective famous for their amazing performances by queens, DJs and musicians.

Fan Club
Female and non-binary collective that book and put on queer performances and ensure safe spaces.

Fortune and Glory Film Club
Film club who put on LGBT classics across the city with killer goodie bags. 

Notts Hyking Dykes
Ladies who organise walks.

Queer Noise Club
Experimental queer club.

Reel Equality
Screenings that focus on equality, fairness and telling the stories of the under-represented in film. 

Scream Queenz
Nottingham drag comedy group.

Shady Cow Collective
Organise and showcase queer performances and events, usually hosted at Rough Trade record shop.


Five Leaves Bookshop
Great book events plus a treasure trove of queer literature, fiction and non-fiction.

J. T. Soar
DIY gig venue that regularly books queer performers.

Nonsuch Studios
Performance space for events including gay comedy.

Nottingham Castle 
Newly renovated and dedicated to telling Nottingham’s queer stories dating back to the fourteenth century. 

The Lord Roberts
Good for quieter beer garden drinks, drag and much more.

The New Foresters
Iconic Notts LGBT+ venue, and do a wonderful £2.30 hangover-curing chip butty.


The LGBT+ Service Nottinghamshire
The LGBT+ Service Nottinghamshire provide a range of specialist services for young people who identify as LGBT+ or may be questioning this. They offer a safe space for people to be themselves, meet new people, make new friends, take part in activities and access specialist support from trained staff on everything from accessing LGBT+ health services to reporting Hate Crimes and incidents.

Notts LGBT+ Network
Your first port of call for any and all questions you have about being LGBTQ+ in Nottingham. The Network produces the bi-monthly Queer Bulletin, a round-up of local gay news.

Notts Trans Hub
A safe space offering support meetings and information on trans-friendly events, services and resources.

This is just a taste of what is out there. Whether you are stepping into the community for the first time or have been out for years, there is a place for you. To keep queer here and ensure Nottingham remains the fantastically colourful city that it is, our gay venues will need your love and glitter. Be gay, be proud, and this city will embrace you.

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