York has a small number of LGBT+ venues, and a growing number of regular events, groups and organisations. The guide below provides details of these, including brief descriptions and links to more information (or, in their absence, contact details). This guide is split into categories: pubs and clubs, regular events/groups, and fundraising events.

York LGBT Forum Film Festival

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Bear City 24th May at the Basement 7pm for 7:30pm tickets £5 in advance, £6 on the door get your tickets here:

Take the girls from “Sex and the City,” inject them with large amounts of testosterone, tape fur coats to their bodies – and you have something almost as great as BearCity. In this award-winning romantic comedy, viewers are given an insider pass to a burly, tight-knit group of New York City friends who are trying to make it through life’s twisted paths and love’s absurdities without getting lost. When twinkie newbie and closet bear chaser Tyler (Joe Conti) joins the gang, he has no idea the impact his new friends will have on his life. Invited to move in with the group’s very own “Yogi and Boo Boo,” Fred (Brian Keane) and Brent (Stephen Guarino, “The Big Gay Sketch Show”), Tyler becomes a fast staple. As in any good romantic comedy, our hot young lead needs a love interest; insert Roger (Gerald McCullouch) the hot Casanova of muscle bears. The film oozes with sexual tension. It spills over with comic relief added by full-of-heart, “Mama-Bear” Michael (Gregory Gunter), BearCity is a prime cut ofmovie-beef.


Boys on the Brink Steel 19th June – more details coming soon.


Check Our Calendar for events! note we don’t have everything on there! have we missed anything let us know


Pubs and Clubs

Thomas’s Bar York
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Thomas's Bar York

Thomas’s is a popular bar on the scene, particularly amongst students, and has played host to a number of York Pride events. We pride ourselves on a warm welcome, local real ales including one of the UK’s rarest, a hand-picked wine list and great food from local farms and suppliers.

York Third Saturday – Thomas Bar of York
The only dedicated transgender, cross dresser, TV nightout. All people are welcome ! from 9pm at Thomas of York, Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT

LGBT Karaoke with Kira
every Monday  at Thomas Bar of York – free shot for singers. 8:30pm – 12pm

York Arms
The York Arms on High Petergate appeals to some gay men. It is a Sam Smith pub and has a traditional quiet pub feel . Although it attracts gay men the establishment does not advertise as LGBT Friendly.

Dusk – New Street
Dusk is a cafe in the morning and a cocktail bar at night they host a monthly queer night called Hot Crush – note time and dates vary. It is populated with a younger crowd.

Fibbers – Toft Green
Fibbers is a club. Every Sunday they host a Lip-Sync Lollapalooza event. It is mainly students and is a LGBT+ friendly night.

Regular Events and Groups

Free Coffee and Cake every  1st Saturday of Month
Join us for free coffee and cake! lovely atmosphere and chat! York  MESMAC Office, Marygate Lane, York, YO30 7BJ contact us on

Forum Members Meetings
Forum meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month at York St John University De Grey Building Room 109 Time – 7:00pm Campus Map

Mental Health Peer Support Group
1st meeting January 17th 4pm – 6pm at Briar House Resource Centre, Club Chambers, Museum Street, York, YO1 7DN

Transgender Workshop
Meets Quarterly time and locations vary

 Ageing Without Children Public Meetings
Every Second Wednesday of the Month
Cross Keys Pub, Goodramgate, York

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For all those who have never been able to have children, whose children have died or moved away, who never wanted children, who are estranged from their children…the question is
“Who will speak up for me and lend a hand when
I can no longer cope on my own?”
Is the state the answer, charities, self-help? Share ideas, take action, enjoy a snack.
Alternate Afternoon (2-4pm) or Evening (5.30-7pm) meetings
Phone Sue Lister 01904 488870

Lesbian Socials in York
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Lesbian Socials in York

We are a social group of over 1000 women. It is a low key, predominantly non-scene, relaxed space for lesbian, bisexual and transgender women who love women to be social, every gay woman is welcome. We are from all over Yorkshire and socialise in and around Leeds, York & Huddersfield. We are a closed members group to create a safe space exclusively for our community, you can join us through with a valid profile.

Queer Womens’ Group
We meet fortnightly on a Thursday from 6pm-8pm at the York MESMAC office, The Workshop, Marygate Lane (off Marygate), York, YO30 7BJ.
If you want to join please contact Jess either using her, mobile number: 07710 099 028 or the York MESMAC office phone number: 01904 620400. Also find us on facebook
( and twitter (@WomensMESMAC).
Location: York and North Yorkshire
Gender: Trans Man, Trans Woman, Non-binary, Other
Age Range: All Ages
A Transgender peer support and social group meeting in York twice a month. Join us, don’t do it on your own. For information contact
Generate +
Location: York and North Yorkshire
Gender: All Genders
Age Range: All Ages
A social venue for families and partners of Trans* people. Meetings are once a month in York. For more information please email or call Ben on 07771 931 335.
Positive Mingle- Social group for HIV+ men
Location: York and North Yorkshire
Gender: Male, Trans Man
Age Range: All Ages
A social group for HIV positive men. Meetings are one evening a month. For more details contact Ben on 07771 931 335 or

Queer Club- York LGB&T* Youth Group
Location: York and North Yorkshire
Gender: All Gender
Age Range: Under 25
A fortnightly LGB&T* youth social group (for ages 14-25) on Wednesday evenings. For more information contact Ben on 07771 931 335 or

Fundraising Events
More to come soon

Upcoming Events

  • LGBT Karaoke 29/05/2017 at 8:30 pm – 12:30 am Thomas's of York, Museum St, York YO1 7DT, UK LGBT friendly Karaoke at Thomas of York from 8:30pm onwards
  • Coffee and Cake - LGBT Meet up 03/06/2017 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm The Workshop, YO307BJ If you're LGBT or just curious, come along to the informal coffee morning. Contact Jake on 07935 200575 for more info or email
  • Positive Mingle for HIV + bi and gay guys 05/06/2017 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Contact Ben for further details 01904 620400 or York’s first ever "Positive Mingle" is a safe and confidential social event for HIV+ gay and bisexual guys. FREE food and drink provided