Edinburgh:

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  • Bar/Club

  • Bojangles (Music Bar) - Gay friendly music bar, located in the old premises of Priscilla's bar - 17 Albert Place, Edinburgh
  • Café Habana - Gay bar - 22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh
  • CC Blooms - Gay nightclub - 23–24 Greenside Place, Edinburgh
  • Elbow - Gay friendly café bar - 133-135 East Claremont Street, Edinburgh
  • Furburger - Ladies club night at GHQ, 4 Picardy Place, Edinburgh
  • GHQ - Gay bar/club - 4 Picardy Place, Edinburgh
  • Newtown Bar - Gay bar - 26b Dublin Street, Edinburgh
  • Planet Bar - Gay bar (previously known as "Planet Out") - 6 Baxter's Place, Edinburgh
  • Saturday Night Beaver - Lesbian club night (formerly Velvet) - at The Annexe (back of Liquid Room) on Cowgate, Edinburgh
  • The Auld Hoose - Gay friendly alternative pub - 23-25 St Leonards Street, Edinburgh
  • The Regent Bar - Edinburgh's gay real ale pub - 2 Montrose Terrace, Edinburgh
  • The Street - Gay bar/club - 2b Picardy Place, Edinburgh
  • Virgen - Bi-monthly Girls night at Fiddlers Elbow, Picardy Place, Edinburgh

  • Café

  • Café Nom de Plume - Above the Edinburgh LGBT Centre - 60 Broughton Street, Edinburgh

  • Dating

  • RedBlue Introductions - Dating agency based in Edinburgh and London, that includes introductions for Gay Professionals

  • Social

  • AD Group - Social group in Edinburgh for lesbians aged 40+. Interested? Email adgroup40(atsign)gmail.com for more details
  • Edinburgh Gay Scene - Facebook group
  • Gay Professionals Edinburgh Networking Group, - Networking group to help gay men and women meet business and social contacts. Aims to not only help everyone make some new friends but also offer a support network. No membership fee but some events are pay on the night and some require payment in advance
  • Ladybird Book Group - Lesbian book group meeting once a month at Cafe Nom de Plume, Broughton Street, Edinburgh. Email:Ladybirdbookgroup(atsign)hotmail.com
  • LAGRAD - Lesbian and Gay Real Ale Drinkers - Edinburgh branch
  • LGBT Film Club Edinburgh - Join us on the 4th Friday of every month from 6.30pm onwards for a film screening of both mainstream and LGBT-themed films in a safe and friendly LGBT environment. Bring friends, bring family, all welcome!
  • Lillies - Meet-up group for mid-life lesbians or bisexual women. Based in Musselburgh.
  • Loud & Proud Choir - Scotland’s LGBT choir, based in Edinburgh
  • Rubyfruits - Lesbian Social Group - Meets Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm in Woodland Creatures, 260-262 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, and Sundays from 2pm at the Regent Bar, Montrose Terrace, Edinburgh.
  • The Luvvies - LGB Theatre Company - LGBT Theatre Company based in Edinburgh
  • UnScene Girls - Meetup group based in Edinburgh for women who are done with the scene, never did the scene or those who just fancy doing something a bit different from the old routine... It's also about making new friends whilst exploring in and around Edinburgh.
  • Word: Women’s Book Group - Monthly meet at LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street, Edinburgh. For more details, contact lena_phalen(atsign)hotmail.com
  • Angel De'lite - Angel De'lite is a group where you can come be yourself, chat, advise get advice on all issues in life as well as lesbian related issues. We are a friendly approachable bunch who welcome all new members, whether you are lesbian, Bi or Trans.
  • Cameraderie - Lesbian Photography Club - Originated in Tayside area, but now has members throughout Scotland. Includes local trips and monthly online photography competition. Email Pam Wardlaw: spamdd7(atsign)yahoo.com
  • CampGirls UK - Group and social forum for gay women who enjoy camping and caravanning. Over 250 members, including many in Scotland. The link takes you to their Facebook community page, where you can message them to request to join their Facebook group (a secret group).
  • Gay Caravan & Camping Club - UK-wide LGBT group for lesbians and gay men who own a tent, caravan or motorhome. Arranges week-long and weekend rallies throughout the UK
  • Gay Classic Car Group (GCCG) - UK-based club for for all LGBT classic car enthusiasts and their friends. See Local contacts on their website for Scottish rep contact details
  • Kenric - The longest established UK lesbian organisation - has members throughout the UK and a monthly members newsletter
  • Mhodhail Bana - Mhodhail Bana is a social group on Facebook for lesbians, bisexuals & trangenders. The only rules for this group are; NO BULLYING!! "FREEDOM!!" Spread the word! Spread the power! Spread the freedom!! Are you ready to become a Banarette?
  • Older UK Lesbians - A Facebook group for Lesbians over 40 and their admirers
  • Tartan Travellers - Scottish LGBT group for camping, caravanning and motorhoming
  • The Freedom Club - UK-wide Gay Caravan and Camping Club, for men and women who own a caravan, motorhome or tent

  • Sports

  • Amazing Gracies Women's Football Club - Gay friendly women's football in Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh Frontrunners - Edinburgh Frontrunners (formerly GURL - Gay Urban Running League) is a running group for LGBT people and friends, welcoming runners of all abilities. They meet on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Please see their website for more details.
  • Gay Gordons Edinburgh - The LGBTQI Scottish Country Dance Group
  • GOActiv (Girls Out Active) - Lesbian Womans Activity Group - includes climbing, kayaking, biking, surfing, football, skiing - based in Edinburgh area
  • GOC Edinburgh Climbing Group - LGBT indoor climbing group in Edinburgh, organised by the Gay Outdoor Club
  • GOC Edinburgh Running Group - LGBT running group in Edinburgh, organised by the Gay Outdoor Club
  • Racqueteers - Mainly lesbian and gay badminton group that meets on Thursdays at Meadowbank sports centre. For more info, contact info(atsign)theracqueteers.co.uk
  • ShuttleScots Badminton Group - LGBT badminton club in Edinburgh - beginners and experienced players welcome
  • The Edinburgh Cuestars Pool & Snooker Group - Pool & Snooker Group based in Edinburgh
  • The Sonics - LGBT Basketball Team - A friendly and informal weekly group for beginners and regular players alike.
  • Dykes on Bikes Scotland - For gay and lesbian motorcycle enthusiasts of all experience levels
  • Gay Birders Club - UK gay birdwatching group - includes events in Scotland
  • Gay Football Supporters Network (GFSN) - Promotes the support and participation of LGBT men and women in football
  • Gay Outdoor Club - Scotland branch - LGBT group which organises walking, cycling, camping, skiing and snowsports (weather permitting) and other activities throughout Scotland. Includes the Adventure Out Scotland group for outdoor pursuits.
  • Gay Sailing Club - Mainly based down south, but has occassional yachting trips in Scotland
  • GLUG (The Gay & Lesbian Underwater Group) - UK-wide gay scuba diving group. Socials are in London, but the group has done diving trips to Scotland, as well as other parts of the UK and worldwide.
  • Irons Gay Golf Society - UK-wide lesbian and gay golfing group
  • Lilidots Women's Walking Group - Lesbian women's walking group - covers all areas of Scotland
  • Pride Sports - Campaign for change, educate, promote good practice, actively grow LGBT participation and satisfaction in sport

  • Student

  • Edinburgh Napier University LGBT Group
  • Edinburgh University LGBT Society (BLOGS)
  • Heriot-Watt LGBT - Heriot Watt University's own facebook group for its LGBT community. Used for planning events, recapping events and general banter.
  • Stonewall University Guide - Info on LGBT societies and policies in Scottish Universities

  • Support

  • Bridges Project - A Lothian-based charity providing a number of services to assist socially excluded young people
  • Direct Approach - Direct Approach empowers women of minority ethnic and faith groups to bring about positive change and advance inclusion and diversity within communities
  • Edinburgh Quaker Lesbian and Gay Fellowship - Meetings at the Glasite Meeting House on Barony Street, Edinburgh
  • Gayzout Network - Edinburgh Gay Scene - Resource website for LGBT people in Edinburgh
  • LGBT Age - LGBT Age is a new service for older LGBT people (50+) in Edinburgh and the Lothians
  • LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing - 9 Howe Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6TE
  • Me & T - Peer support group for family, friends & partners of trans people. Meets monthly in the LGBT Centre, Edinburgh. Email: me.and.t.edinburgh(atsign)gmail.com
  • Rainbow Families - LGBT parents group in Edinburgh
  • Shakti Women's Aid - Domestic abuse support for black women and ethnic minorities
  • Sound Youth (LGBT Youth Lothian) - Weekly LGBT Group for people aged 13 – 17
  • Vada (LGBT Youth Lothian) - Weekly LGBT Group for people aged 17 – 25
  • Affirmation Scotland - A group within the Church of Scotland, seeking a progressive Church and the affirmation and dignity of lesbian and gay Christians within the church
  • Age of Diversity - Age of Diversity is an information resource for older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people, run by and for older LGBT people.
  • Al-Anon - UK support group for friends and families of people with drinking problems
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) - AA have LGBT specific meetings in Glasgow and Edinburgh - search the meetings page of their website for further details.
  • Alzheimer's Society LGBT Support Group - Support for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people with dementia, and their carers, partners, friends and relatives
  • Bi Scotland - Scotland's national organisation for bisexuals, providing support and social events. Monthly meetings in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
  • Broken Rainbow - LGBT domestic violence support
  • Civil Partnership Information - Free guide for gay and lesbian couples in the UK considering a Civil Partnership
  • Colage - support for people with a LGBT parent - A website resource for people with a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer parent
  • Equality Network
  • FFLAG (Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) - UK group providing support for parents and their lesbian, gay and bisexual daughters and sons
  • Gay Police Association Scotland
  • GLAMS - UK-wide self-help support group for LGBT people affected by MS (multiple sclerosis)
  • Humanist Society Scotland - Working on behalf of non-religious people who seek to live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity. HSS supports same sex marriage and organises non-religious funerals, weddings and naming ceremonies.
  • Imaan - LGBT Muslim support group - UK wide
  • Keshet UK - LGBT Jewish website
  • Lesbian & Gay Christian Movement - UK wide LGBT Christian group
  • LGBT Helpline Scotland - New Scotland-wide LGBT helpline, providing information and emotional support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families, friends and supporters across Scotland. Tel : 0300 123 2523 every Tues/Wed 12pm-9pm
  • LGBT Youth Scotland - National Resource site for LGBT young people in Scotland
  • LGBTParents.net - UK-wide social network for LGBT parents and parents-to-be. Free to join.
  • One Parent Families Scotland - Support website for one parent families
  • OurStory Scotland - Charity that collects, archives and presents the life stories and experiences of the LGBT community in Scotland
  • Parents Enquiry Scotland - Provides information and support for parents whose sons or daughters have come out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender
  • REGARD - UK-wide volunteer-run organisation of disabled LGBT people
  • Royal College of Nursing: Proud Campaign
  • Scotland's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Domestic Abuse Project
  • Scottish Adoption - Includes LGBT adoption support services
  • Scottish Government LGBT Equality
  • Stonewall Scotland
  • The Safra Project, London - A support project relating to the issues faced by Muslim LBT women
  • Transgender Scotland
  • Waverley Care - Waverley Care is Scotland’s leading charity providing care and support to people living with HIV or Hepatitis C. As part of our work we also strive to raise awareness of these conditions and their prevention.
  • YLGC (Young LGBT Christians) - For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered Christians aged 16 - 30 in the UK