But the gay scene isn’t always the best place to meet new people and, let’s face it, there’s more to gay life than just boozing and cruising. If you fancy meeting other lesbians, gay men, bisexuals or transgender people away from the scene, those nice people at HERO have set up a couple of new groups for people like you – and there are more to come.
For enthusiasts of Monopoly, Risk, Chess and even Snakes and Ladders, the Board Games group starts up on Weds 24th October, and will meet every month on the fourth Wednesday after that. And for those with a more literary bent, HERO’s monthly Book Group starts on Fri 26th October, with the first book being Kathleen Winter’s novel of gender identity, ‘Annabelle’.
As well as the two new groups, HERO also hosts Positive 21, a weekly Monday evening support group for gay and bisexual men living with HIV. All of HERO’s social groups are supported by a grant from the Lloyds TSB Foundation to provide social spaces for LGB&T people beyond the scene. All LGB&T people are welcome and attendance is free of charge. If you are interested in joining any of the groups, email Michael.Flaherty@gmfa.org.uk.
Matthew Hodson, Head of Programmes at GMFA, the gay men’s sexual health organisation which is also part of HERO, said, “The gay scene isn’t for everyone and I know that lots of LGB&T people want to find new ways of meeting and socialising. We asked members of the LGB&T communities what kind of activities they wanted to do, and Board Games evenings and Book Groups came near the top of the list. We’re making a commitment to provide a welcoming space for all members of our communities – where everyone is able to be themselves, make new friends and enjoy themselves. We’ve got plans for a range of other social groups coming up in the next couple of months, so watch this space.”