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.

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Bring On Tomorrow 

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Breaking News Beth McCarthy to appear in the show!

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York LGBT Forum are proud to present a unique theatrical experience penned by local writer and director Steven Clark. Bring On Tomorrow takes the audience on an emotional journey through a history of LGBT landmark points and raises awareness on topics such as homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and hate crime. The characters are played by a cast of 22 local singers and they are backed by a live 32 piece orchestra under the helm of local Musical Director (now working in London’s West End) Ben Papworth.

Let yourself be guided through World War 2, The Stonewall Riots, The Birth of Pride, Lesbian & Gays Support the Miners, HIV in the 1980’s, the issues faced Aging without Children and to modern day issues we still face such as equality, same sex marriage and Chechnya.

This theatrical event of the LGBT calendar year is set to a backdrop of songs from West End and Broadway musicals such as; Love Never Dies, The King & I, Soho Cinders, Blood Brothers, Imagine This, Jeckyl & Hyde, Les Miserables, Sister Act, Mrs Henderson Presents and Anastasia to name a few.

The show will be narrated by Matt Rood (Mr Gay Europe 2017), Steven Whyte (Mr Gay Scotland 2017) and Jonathan Blake (HIV Activist and founder member of LGSM) with other special guests to be announced.
VIP Packages are available which include Prime Front Seating, Meet & Greet, Private Bar Area and signed souvenir brochure.
This is an event for everyone to enjoy music from the musicals but learn some LGBT history at the same time, as we raise the bar to encourage equality and diversity in York.

Remember, ‘Don’t Hide Your Heart’ – the York LGBT Forum are here to support!

See our dedicated website for more news.

Pubs and Clubs

Thomas’s Bar York – Museum Street
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Thomas's Bar York

Thomas’s is a popular bar in York and has played host to a number of LGBT+ events in the past.

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

Nags Head – Micklegate
Nags Head is the newest LGBT friendly pub in York. Managed by a gay man it is very LGBT Friendly.  Karaoke night runs every Wednesday from 8pm with a free shot for every singer!


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

Corner Pin and Flares – Tanner Row
York Third Saturday (YTS)
The only dedicated transgender, cross dresser, TV night out. This event is also an LGBT+ night. All people are welcome. YTS starts from 9pm at the Corner Pin and moves over the road to Flares later.

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 club hosts a Lip-Sync Lollapalooza event on the last Sunday of the month. It is an LGBT+ friendly night popular with students.

Regular Events and Groups

Free Coffee and Cake every  1st Saturday of the Month
Join us for free coffee and cake, lovely atmosphere and chat.

York  MESMAC Office, Marygate Lane, York, YO30 7BJ. For more details contact us on

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

York Mind LGBT Mental Health Group
Every Wednesday 7pm – 9pm at 30 Clarence Street, YO31 7DE.

Mental Health Peer Support Group
1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month  4pm – 6pm at Briar House Resource Centre, 14 Merchants Place, Merchantgate, YO1 9TU

Transgender Workshop
Meets Quarterly time and locations vary (check the Event’s Calendar).

 Ageing Without Children Public Meetings
Every Second Wednesday of the Month
Cross Keys Pub, Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LF.

Picture of Ageing Without Children Group

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
Website (Lesbian Socials) | Meetup group
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’ and Gender 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. Peer support and social group offering a safe space to discuss issues around mental health, sexuality, and to meet other queer people. Trans* Inclusive.

Location: York
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
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.

 Queer Club – York LGB&T Youth Group
Location: York
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 Lily on 07710 099033 or

Trams: York Trans Youth Group
Location: York
Gender: All Gender
Age Range: Under 25

A fortnightly Trans youth social group (for ages 14-25) on Wednesday evenings. For more information contact Lily on 07710 099033 or

SGLBT: Scarborough LGBT+ Youth Group
Location: Scarborough
Gender: All Gender
Age Range: Under 25

An LGBT+ youth social group (for ages 14-25). For more information contact Dave on 07795 6232214 or

Harrogate LGBT+ Youth Group
Location: Harrogate
Gender: All Gender
Age Range: Under 25

A fortnightly LGB&T+ youth social group (for ages 13-25) on Wednesday evenings. For more information contact Tommo on 07899 016239 or

Selby Unicorns LGBT+ Youth Group
Location: Selby
Gender: All Gender
Age Range: Under 19

A fortnightly LGB&T+ youth social group (for ages 13-19) on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. For more information contact CJ on 07710 099031 or

Selby LGBT Cafe
Location: Selby
Gender: All Gender
Age Range: All ages

Held on the first Sunday of every month at The Riverside in Selby from 5pm onwards.  This social is a safe haven for LGBT+ people and straight allies are welcome!  Find out more and keep up-to-date by liking the Selby LGBT Cafe Facebook page.

Fundraising Events
More to come soon