Bristol boasts a lively and inclusive LGBTQ+ scene, so here are some of the local clubs, organisations and mental health support to get you familiar with the LGBTQ+ community in Bristol.
Seeing as Freedom is 25 years old; it would only feel appropriate to include them here! Freedom is the LGBTQ+ branch of Off the Record and is the place for all your LGBTQ+ needs. It not only offers LGBTQ+ counselling, but it also runs two separate youth groups where LGBTQ+ young people can meet, socialise and take part in activism activities. As an active member, it’s a great place to meet like-minded LGBTQ+ young people, especially now since everything’s online.
Fancy singing? Well, SingOut Bristol is for you! It’s a choir run by members of the LGBTQ+ community who enjoy singing. But don’t worry, the prior experience isn’t needed, although the ability to sing in tune and harmony is desired.
Kiki Bristol is a place specifically for LGBTQ+ people of colour. Since beginning in 2017, it’s grown for a one-off night club to a vital of Bristol LGBTQ+ scene, showing everything from film screenings to workshops.
UWE LGBT+ Society
If you’re a student at UWE, then I can’t recommend UWE’s LGBT+ society enough – despite cancelling events due to COVID, the society plan to host online activities soon, so don’t fear!
University of Bristol LGBT+ Society
Another LGBTQ+ society, which is inclusive of all genders and sexualities. So, if you’re a student who’s studying at the University of Bristol, this may be a society you join.
Open from 10 pm (Wednesday – Saturday); OMG Bristol offers cheap nights out (so it’s excellent for your budget), complete with LED dancefloors, a stage and a booth for hire. But as stated on their Instagram, only the bar will be opening.
Bristol Bear Bar
Bristol Bear Bar (try saying that multiple times) is a gay bar located in the centre of Bristol.
Queenshilling is an LGBTQ+ club in Bristol on Frogmore Street, and the club offers drag performances, a bar, and a good dance. While the club has no current plans for opening, Queenshilling is one of the most popular LGBTQ+ clubs in Bristol.
Opening in 1992, Queenshilling attracts a more local crowd, where you can meet for a drink with friends or a date.
I haven’t found anything saying that they’re reopening, Punka is a offers a night out if you’re in the mood for something more indie/rock.
The Old Market Assembly
It might not be an LGBTQ+ nightclub, but it’s still an LGBTQ+ venue that’s a cultural hotspot for those who are more artistically disposed of. The Old Market Assembly is a great place to go as it hosts regular drag events and LGBTQ+ mixers, including “Don’t Tell Your Mother”, a club night that’s valued for its inclusive ethos.
Mental Health Support:
Mindline Trans is a helpline for trans, nonbinary or those questioning their gender identity and is open every Monday and Friday from 8 pm through to midnight.
Their email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Website, which includes the phone number: https://bristolmind.org.uk/help-and-counselling/mindline-transplus/
MindOut is a mental health service for the LGBTQ+ community which offers different support, from trans specific sessions to an advocacy session.
The Website for more information: https://www.mindout.org.uk/
This youth group is run in London, Leeds and Bristol and offers support for young people who are trans, nonbinary or questioning their gender.
Their Website for more information: http://genderedintelligence.co.uk/
Switchboard LGBT+ Helpline
Similar to Mindline Trans, Switchboard LGBT+ is an LGBT+ helpline that’s open every day from 10:00 – 22:00 and has more of a general approach when it comes to any issues you may have when it comes to being LGBTQ+.
Imaan is a charity that supports LGBTQ+ Muslims, and the Website provides an online forum where folks can share experiences and ask for help.
Their Website for more information: https://imaanlondon.wordpress.com/