Lewisham LGBT Forum meeting

The next Lewisham LGBT Forum meeting will be on 13th December 2016 at 7pm at the Civic Suite in Catford. We will be discussing ideas for events and activities we could put on for LGBT History Month in February. The Clinical Commisioning Group would also like some feedback on a survey they are doing. 

Everyone welcome.

Please remember we are a community group organising ideas for the LGBT History Month, and as such will have no funding – so creativity, contacts and volunteering will be needed! 


Run down of regular events

In case you are not already aware, Lewisham has some regular events/groups that meet. Here is a run down: 

* Social drop-ins – for any LGBTQ people in Lewisham:

Coffee Afternoon social drop in – at Costa Coffee, 99-105 Rushey Green, Catford SE6 4AF – meets monthly on the first Thursday of every month. Next meeting Thursday 1st September 2016 from 1400 hours to 1700 hours.

Green Man drop-in – at The Green Man (Phoenix Community Housing building), 355 Bromley Road, London SE6 2RP on the second Wednesday of every month – next meeting 14th September 2016 between 1800 to 2000 hours. More info about these events is being put out on these websites: http://bit.ly/1LWPyRd (Facebook) or https://lgbtqlewisham.wordpress.com


* Lewisham LGBT Forum – a community meeting where partners from agencies also attend so information on local LGBT events can be shared and jointly organised and feedback given to and from partnership agencies such as the police, NHS, Metro Centre on incidents which impact on LGBT residents. Next public meeting is on Friday 26th 2016 at 6pm until 8pm at the Civic Suite in Catford Twitter: @LGBTLewisham or email: LGBT.Lewisham@gmail.com


* Queer Caff – Information, films and performances at a vegan café monthly on first Sunday of the month – next Sunday 4th September 2016 at 1800 hours to 2230 hours at The Field, 385 Queens Road, London SE14 5HD


* TAGS – London Transgender and Gender non-conforming swimming group – meet every Friday at 8pm at the Glassmill Leisure Centre in the café area (Glassmill is opposite Lewisham DLR/Train station). Cost is £3.65 to swim. http://on.fb.me/1QFo6cs


* Body Positive Yoga – Yoga in a supportive, spiritual environment for all – Transgender and queer inclusive. Mondays at 8pm – 9pm at Greenwich West Community and Arts Centre, 141 Greenwich High Road, London SE10 8JA. £5 to £10 depending on your circumstances. http://on.fb.me/1KfB3rd


* Many Voices – LGBT non-performing singing group – a ‘sing for fun’ group for LGBTQ+ people. Any ability or experience. Songs are learnt by ear so no music reading ability needed. Last Saturday of every month. Next meeting Saturday 27th August 2016 – 6.30pm – 8pm at St Hilda’s Church Undercroft, Crofton Park, SE23 1PL. £5 entry. Contact sing@many-voices.co.uk http://many-voices.co.uk


* Jacky’s Jukebox – Mixed gay/straight varied dance night – ballroom/line dancing, salsa, Latin, Country (no lessons) first Saturday of every month 7.30pm to midnight at the Rivoli Balltoom, 350 Brockley Road, SE4. http://www.jackysjukebox.co.uk


* Live – free and confidential group and service for LGBTQ young people aged 16-25 in Lewisham. Meet weekly – for more information please contact youth@metrocentreonline.org or T02083055004. Youth counselling also available.


* Zest – LGBTQ youth group for under 16s from Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich or Lewisham – meet weekly in Greenwich from 4.30pm to 6.30pm. Social, activities and trips. Contact youth@metrocentreonline.org or T02083055004 Youth counselling also available.


* Fifty Plus – social and support group on the last Tuesday of every month for LGBT people over the age of fifty. Email Norman on Norman@metrocentreonline.org or 07912514465 – usually meet from 2pm-4pm at The Metro.


* South London Lesbian Mum’s Group – Social group for lesbian headed families and their children meeting monthly in East Dulwich – https://www.facebook.com/sllmg/


* Remnants Women’s Hockey Club – gay/bi women’s hockey club. Training on Wednesday evenings at Sedgehill School, Bellingham and play in Kent Women’s league on Saturdays from Sept to March, 7.30pm-9pm and training/friendly games the rest of the year. 

Twitter: remnantshockey Facebook: remnantshockey http://www.remnantshockey.org.uk


* Blackheath Women’s Rugby Club – gay-friendly women’s rugby club. Train on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1930 to 2130 at Well Hall, Kidbrooke Lane, Eltham for any women (18+) regardless of experience or ability. http://www.blackheathrugby.co.uk/womens/ email: blackheathwomen@gmail.com Twitter: @BWRFC Facebook: BlackheathWRFC


* Metro Juice – Youth alcohol information and counselling – Drugs and alcohol information and counselling for young people aged 11-25 who are LGBTQ in the south east. Contact Fred on T02083055000 ext 101 or email juice@metrocentreonline.org
* Greenwich Lesbian Group – meet regularly via Meetup app – often includes Lewisham locations.

Green Man drop-in

It’s the Green Man drop-in for all LGBTQ+ people in Lewisham (or surrounding!) who would like to come along. This month: tabletop ping pong! Get in the Olympic spirit by showing us your paddle skills (no spanking!). 

All welcome. This is also a Opening Doors London meeting so people of all ages welcome! Coffee and tea available.

We meet on the second Wednesday of every month. Next meeting: Wednesday 10th August 2016 from 6pm until 8pm at The Green Man Community Hub (knock on the window if the security don’t see you!), 355 Bromley Road, London SE6 2RP

There is a bus stop right outside the Green Man if you are travelling from Lewisham/Catford direction. The 208, 136, 321 all serve. The nearest train station is Beckenham Hill (but it’s about a 10-15 min walk).


The first Lewisham LGBT forum is tonight at the Civic Suite in Catford from 6pm until 8pm. This is a chance for community to speak to local services and find out what lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender services there are available to those living in Lewisham borough. It is also a chance to discuss what the community can organise together for upcoming events such as Hate Crime Awareness Week, Bisexual Awareness Week, National Coming Out Day, Transgender Day Of Remembrance – or to help organise LGBT-specific events as part of larger themes such as Black History Month/Disability History Month/Holocaust Memorial Day etc.

Free self-test HIV kits

After Party are an outreach service for men who have sex with men and who are involved in chemsex. They can offer interventions, advice, guidance and support for those wanting to reduce their risky sexual behaviour and problematic drug use. 

They are offering free self-test HIV kits for Lewisham residents. If you are interested please contact them via their website After Party or their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AfterPartylifeline/ 

LGBT History Month events in Lewisham February 2016

Here is the list for the current events happening in the borough of Lewisham for LGBT History Month 2016:
Monday 1/2/16, 12-1.30pm

Broadway Theatre Café,

Invite only launch event with speeches from Mayor Steve Bullock and Susan Hailes (Partnership Officer and LGBT Liaison Officer for Lewisham Metropolitan Police). #Outcome exhibition also available to view at the event (see below). Press invited.


Thursday 4/2/16, 2pm -5pm

Costa Coffee, Rushey Green, London SE6

Lewisham LGBT coffee drop-in with Susan Hailes. Free to attend but attendees will be encouraged to purchase something.


Tuesday 9/2/16, from 7.30

Forest Hill Library

Go Tell It On the Mountain – Sandra Agard talks about James Baldwin, activist and author of Giovanni’s Room (1956) which was one of the first novels to discuss themes of bisexuality and being gay.


Wednesday 10/2/16, From 6-8pm

The Green Man, 355 Bromley Rd, London SE6 2RP

Gayopoly and Bingo – games night social!

£1 entry and then £2 per card for bingo. Cash prizes to be won. Tickets available from http://www.planet-london.com/shop/lgbt-history-month-bingo-and-games-wed-10-feb


Monday 15/2/16, 6-10pm

The Broadway Theatre, Catford Broadway, Catford, London SE6 4RU

Come and join us for a pleasant evening of women and words with a few live performances.

Tickets £5 available from:



Tuesday 16/02/16, from 7:30pm

Broadway Bar, Broadway Theatre, Catford Broadway:

An evening of cabaret and entertainment featuring comedy from VG Lee and musical entertainment from The Fabulettes. A fun and fabulous night is guaranteed! Tickets £15 from http://www.broadwaytheatre.org.uk #Outcome exhibition also available to view at the event (see below)


Saturday 20/02/16, 6.30pm,

New Cross Learning

Poetry and prose readings by LGBT authors, in association with Paradise Press.


Sunday 21/2/16, 2pm – 7pm

The Green Man, 355 Bromley Rd, London SE6 2RP

Spirituality, meditation and sex – evening of workshops

£2 donation to cover the cost of those providing their time leading the workshops.

Tickets available from http://www.planet-london.com/shop/lgbt-history-month-spirituality-and-sex-sun-21-feb


Wednesday 24/2/16, 10am – 4pm

Civic Centre, Catford

LGBT awareness training for people working with Lewisham residents. Find out the issues affecting LGBT residents, the barriers to accessing support, and how to provide inclusive service. An interactive course for those who want to be more aware of providing supportive services for LGBT people in Lewisham. Delivered by METRO.


Wednesday 24/02/16, 6:30pm

Lewisham Library, Cherry Potts (Arachne Press) launches and reads from her new novel The Dowry Blade, a lesbian fantasy epic of the strength and limitations of love and loyalty between friends, lovers, kin, strangers– and enemies. Cherry will also be selling and signing copies. 


Saturday 27/06/16, 12-5pm

Deptford Lounge, 9 Giffin St, London SE8

Health & Wellbeing organisations and charities will unite to give information and advice related to LGBT community including Susan Hailes – LGBT Hate crime Met Police liaison for Lewisham, Metro Centre and Naz. Free.


Sudnay 28/02/2016 – 11am until 12pm –

Lewisham Unitarian Meeting House, 41 Bromley Road, SE6 2TS

A special service in celebration of LGBT History Month with guests including Susan Hailes – LGBT Liaison Officer for Lewisham Police. Free to attend. All welcome.


Sunday 28/02/2016 at 2pm – 10pm

The Green Man, 355 Bromley Road, London SE6 2RP

LGBT Film night and women’s party – showing episodes of London-based Lesbian web series She’s In London and a film TBC followed by a women’s after party.

£2 for the film. £3 for the party or a joint ticket for film and party for £5. Tickets from http://www.planet-london.com/shop/lgbt-history-month-film-night




All month:


Lewisham Library: 1967 And All That, an exhibition and quiz about the Sexual Offences Act of 1967 and decriminalisation of homosexuality using archives from the LSE-based Hall-Carpenter Archives and the Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive. On loan with thanks from the LSE Library.


The Broadway Theatre Gallery space, Mon, Thurs, Fri 10-3, access via Box Office: View #Outcome portrait exhibition by photographer Tom Dingley http://www.tomdingleyphotography.com


LGBT themed Film showings at Library at Deptford Lounge, Downham Library , Forest Hill Library, Manor House Library and New Cross Learning. See branch for more details.


http://www.lewishamvoices.wikidot.com Upload stories or memories of growing up in the LGBT community of Lewisham and how it has changed in your lifetime on the Lewisham Voices website.


Books of the month: Still Standing: Paul O’Grady (a fantastic first hand account of being gay in 1980’s Britain) and Miss Carter’s War: Sheila Hancock (a highly recommended novel about a teacher in post war Britain finding that outside of the classroom Britain is changing fast including the advent of gay rights) . Copies available at your local library and via elibrary. Join us in a big LGBT read for February – tweet us or upload your thoughts at http://www.lewishambookblog.com


Free access to a wide variety of ebooks plus online and downloadable lifestyle, entertainment and sport magazines including GT, Diva, DNA, The Advocate, Attitude and Out http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/elibrary


For more information see http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/libraries and http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/lgbt


For tickets to Cabaret evening at The Broadway see http://www.broadwaytheatre.org.uk/


For more information on LGBT History Month see http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/


For specific enquiries email thomas.skinner@lewisham.gov.uk


Next coffee social

Come along to the next coffee shop social (tea also available!) on Thursday 5th November 2015 from 2pm to 5pm at the Costa Coffee shop on Rushey Green (next to Kaspa’s ice cream bar). I’ll bring a rainbow flag this time so we are easier to spot!