Groups for women at LGBT Foundation

LGBT Foundation holds three pop-in groups specifically for women. We also host a monthly women's reading group. Our groups are open to anyone who self-identifies as a lesbian, bisexual or questioning woman some or all of the time. They are all held at LGBT Foundation’s Resource Centre, Number 5, Richmond Street, Manchester, M1 3HF.

For more information contact us on 0345 3 30 30 30 or email

We aim to make our groups accessible and welcoming to all. Our building is fully accessible for those with wheelchairs. If you require additional assistance to access a group (for example, a sign language interpreter) please contact us as we may be able to arrange this.


Bloomers is a relaxed social group for older lesbian and bisexual women.

It provides a valuable opportunity for older women to meet and socialise in a friendly non-scene environment. The group takes place in the day-time so it's easier to access for those who prefer not to come out at night.

Bloomers is open to anyone who self-identifies as a lesbian or bisexual woman some or all of the time. It's aimed at women aged 55+ but all ages are welcome to attend.

Bloomers takes place the first and third Tuesday of the month, 1-3pm.


Horizon (formally Carousel) is a relaxed social group for lesbian and bisexual women and for those who are questioning their sexual orientation.

It provides a valuable opportunity for women to come together, both in and away from the gay scene and take part in varied activities which are planned by the group themselves and range from quizzes and meals out to video evenings and discussions as well as a lot of laughs.

It takes place the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, 7.30pm - 9pm.

Women's Reading Group

Women's Reading Group is a relaxed group for lesbian, bi and trans women to get together and discuss an LGBT-themed book.

The group is run by Monica Pearl, a lecturer in 20th Century American Literature at the University of Manchester and a keen reader.

The group will meet for an hour every month, and be a safe and fun space to talk about the chosen book, sharing experiences and thoughts with like minded people!

It takes place the first Tuesday of the month, 6.30pm - 7.30pm.

Other Groups in Greater Manchester

For bi and trans people:

Biphoria : Social group for bi people

Connect : Relaxed and friendly social space for trans* people aged around 18-35, including people who are questioning and those with a trans* history.

Transforum Manchester : transgender support group & discussion forum

For People of Colour and People of Faith:

Imaan : support group for LGBT Muslims, meets at LGBT Foundation

Keshet Manchester: Group for LGBT Jewish people

Metropolitan Church : LGBT-affirming church in South Manchester

Many Mirrors: Manchester's All-Inclusive LGBT+ Interfaith Group

NW and Derbyshire Black Lesbian and Bi Women*: Social group for Black and minority ethnic lesbian, gay and bisexual women

Rainbow Noir : Social and peer support group for people of colour who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer and/or Intersex (LGBTQI) - Manchester's LGBT Centre, Sidney Street.

Rochdale Asian LGBT Social Group: social group for Asian LGBT people in Rochdale

Sports ans social groups:

Bisexual & Lesbian Women in Manchester Meetup group* : meetup group for lesbian and bisexual women in Manchester. You can attend and set-up your own meetups through this group

Bolton Women's Social Group : group meeting monthly at the Star & Garter in Bolton

Film Group at HOME*: LB women's social group who go to watch films at HOME

Gay Women in Cheshire* : social group for LB women in & around Cheshire

Manchester Frontrunners* : LGBT running group with monthly women-only session

Manchester Lesbian & Gay Chorus: LGBT choir

Manchester Prarie Dogs : LGBT line-dancing club

Manchester Sharks : LGBT waterpolo club with occasional women’s sessions

Manchester Stingers* : women’s football team

Manchester Walking Women* : LB women’s walking group

New Family Social : social group for LGBT adoptive or foster parents

Northern Aces : LGBT tennis club with occasional women’s sessions

Northern Wave* : LGBT swimming club with weekly women-only sessions

Out IN Salford: network for LGBT people in Salford, with occasional social events

Out In The City : social group for older LGBT people

Peak Rufties* : lesbian hiking group

People Like Us Stockport (PLUS): LGBT social group in Stockport

Proud 2 B Parents: social & support group for LGBT parents and their children

Slam Dunkin’ Divas* : LBT women’s basketball club

SM Dykes* : group for women into BDSM

The Hideaway*: cafe in Urmston with weekly LBT women's night on a Saturday and monthly LBT women's book club

The Nip & Tipple : bar in South Manchester, popular with LB women

Todmorden Women's Disco* : long established women's disco held 2nd Sat of the month

Vanilla* : women's bar in the Gay Village

Village Bakers : LGBT social group for folks who like to bake

WOW (Women Out at Work) Network : network for professional LGBT women

Young Women's Project : group run by The Proud Trust for lesbian and bisexual young women aged 14-25