LGBT+

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Welcome to our LGBT+ hub!

Dorset HealthCare is proud to launch this hub for the benefit of LGBT+ Staff, Patients and Carers in our county.

It will include information about local events, and also give contact details for those wishing for further advice.


Upcoming LGBT+ Events in Dorset

May

Friday 17th IDAHOT DAY
International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
info https://weymouthgaygroup.weebly.com/idahot-may-17t...

Friday 17th MindOut Weymouth
MindOut is a safe, confidential and accepting space for LGB and Transgender people experiencing mental health issues and offers recovery-based peer and staff support. Group Facilitator: Debbie Contact: 07766-281434 or email: mindoutwey@dorsetmind.uk No referral is necessary, you can simply turn up on the day or you can get in touch with Debbie in advance. Meets on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month, between 2pm – 4pm Address: Weymouth Adult Learning Centre, 45 Dorchester Road. Weymouth. DT4 7JT.
More info http://dorsetmind.uk/services-courses/west-dorset-... Run by Dorset Mind. http://dorsetmind.uk/

Monday 20th Weymouth Gay Group
The Royal Oak. On harbourside under RV. Then William Henry after 9/10pm

Tuesday 21st
Your Local LGBT radio show
Air - All Inclusive Radio, Community Radio 107.2 FM in Weymouth & Portland or online via https://air1072.com/ Presented by Charity Gardiner.
8 - 9pm Chilling with Charity with requests, call the studio 01305 83 60 40 with your favorite songs.
9 -11pm "Lets Get Busy Talking" LGBT hours with Charity Gardiner, local lgbt events & info. As well as a few of your favorite LGBT related tunes, you can call in with a request too.

Wednesday 22nd Bridport - Drop in LGBT support group
Unitarian Chapel in the Gardens 5pm- 7pm. In reading room via Rax Lane. 49 East St Bridport Dorset DT6 3JX Public Car Parking is opposite in East St car park.
Contact Tony (organiser) for more info on 07584 958581
NOTE This new regular weekly event is welcomed, especially now that the Bridport LGBT Group are no longer running social meet ups. More info on our news page here - https://weymouthgaygroup.weebly.com/lgbt-news-weym... and
see website - http://www.ukunitarians.org.uk/bridport/activities...
Please note:- Listing is no confirmation event is happening. You are advised to contact organiser before attending.

Thursday 23rd Gay OutDoor Club (GOC)
A circuit of just over 7 miles around the gentle downs and woodland of the Kingston Lacy estate visiting the prehistoric hillfort of Badbury Rings. Info
https://www.goc.org.uk/event/badbury-rings-and-kin...

Thursday 23rd Weymouth Gay Group

The Swan table 79 right hand corner by fire exit from 6pm


Monday 27th Weymouth Gay Group

Nautico lounge from 6pm, then William Henry after 9/10pm

Tuesday 28th
Your Local LGBT radio show.
Air - All Inclusive Radio, Community Radio 107.2 FM in Weymouth & Portland or online via https://air1072.com/
Presented by Charity Gardiner.
8 - 9pm Chilling with Charity with requests, call the studio 01305 83 60 40 with your favorite songs.
9 -11pm "Lets Get Busy Talking" LGBT hours with Charity Gardiner, local lgbt events & info. As well as a few of your favorite LGBT related tunes, you can call in with a request too.

Wednesday 29th Bridport - Drop in LGBT support group
Unitarian Chapel in the Gardens 5pm- 7pm. In reading room via Rax Lane. 49 East St Bridport Dorset DT6 3JX Public Car Parking is opposite in East St car park.
Contact Tony (organiser) for more info on 07584 958581
NOTE This new regular weekly event is welcomed, especially now that the Bridport LGBT Group are no longer running social meet ups. More info on our news page here -
https://weymouthgaygroup.weebly.com/lgbt-news-weym... and
see website - http://www.ukunitarians.org.uk/bridport/activities...
Please note:- Listing is no confirmation event is happening. You are advised to contact organiser before attending.

Thursday 30th Weymouth Gay Group

The Swan table 79 right hand corner by fire exit from 6pm

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June

Mondays Weymouth Gay Group
various venues around town

Thursdays Weymouth Gay Group

The Swan table 79 right hand corner by fire exit from 6pm


June 2nd Bournemouth Gay Mens Social's
River cruise Wareham. Info https://www.meetup.com/Bournemouth-Gay-Men-Social-...

June 2nd Gay Table Roast Dinners

Stoford (Just south of Yeovil)
Every month on the Sunday that follows the last Friday of the month. Aimed at guys who are a bit lonely or who don’t eat properly. Paul writes - “We ask for a £5 donation towards the cost of food for the Roast Dinner. This is always a full Roast with homemade soup to start, roast dinner with plenty of vegetables followed by a pudding all washed down with fruit juice. There is tea and coffee with cake later in the afternoon. The dinner is served at 1pm guests are welcome to arrive anytime after 11am and can stay as long as they want.” The venue is Paul’s private home in Stoford. You can contact him, for full details, via this email geraniumtrust@gmail.com

June 7th - 9th Summer Camp and Multu-Activity Weekend - Swanage
Hosted by Bournemouth Gay Men's Social's.

Weekend events include - *Social evening *Summer Morning Walk near Swanage *Kayaking from Knoll Beach (Studland) to Old Harry Rocks *Isle of Purbeck Bike Ride *Summer Afternoon walk near Swanage
Info
https://www.meetup.com/Bournemouth-Gay-Men-Social-...

June 8th OutDoor Lads (ODL) walk Going up Came Down
A beautiful circular walk from Dorchester, around the historic site of Maiden Castle and then going up Came Down! With panoramic views across Weymouth and Portland to the south and Dorchester and surrounding areas to the north. Walking along the chalk down then down through the valley back to Dorchester. Info www.outdoorlads.com/events/going-came-down-190608

June 8th - 9th GLUG - Gay & Lesbian Undewater Group

For divers who love wrecks, we are offering 2 days RIB diving out of Portland to the wrecks of Weymouth. We will be diving with Dive Beyond. The tides are perfect to reach those wrecks we often don't get to do. Provided the weather holds we can visit the M2, Aeolian Sky and Frogner this weekend. RIB diving is more flexible and means we can come back between dives. You will need be have Advanced Open Water certification or above and a minimum of 50 UK dives. All the deep dives are within the 30m range, but the bottom of some of the wrecks go deeper than this. Air or Nitrox are both available.
You must be a GLUG member to join this GLUG dive trip. More info
- http://www.glug.co.uk/2019weymouthjune.html

June 9th Gay OutDoor Club (GOC)

Badbury Rings and Kingston Lacy. A moderate 9 mile walk across rolling woodland and farmland; descending from the Wessex Ridgeway down the valley to the picturesque village of Milton Abbas; returning via Milton Abbey School to ascend Bulbarrow Hill.
Info -
https://www.goc.org.uk/event/bulbarrow-hill-and-mi...

June 10th OutDoor Lads. Sailing

Poole area. After a tremendous voyage last year, OutdoorLads is returning to the seas on board the Prolific in 2019! This is an incredible opportunity to become part of the crew on board the Prolific, an impressive sailing boat owned by the Ocean Youth Trust! It's due to their charitable status that we can bring this to you at such an incredible price - ordinarily, the trip would be at least twice the price! info - https://www.outdoorlads.com/events/voyage-board-pr... (Note - You will need to join ODL to take advantage of this event.)

June 20th Gay OutDoor Club (GOC)
Walk Studland beach & dunes. A 6-mile circular easy flat walk taking in the sea-shore and dunes. Info https://www.goc.org.uk/event/studland-beach-and-du...

June 22nd Exmouth Pride
http://www.exmouthpride.co.uk/events/pride-2019/

June 22nd
Chesil Rocks.
This popular annual local music festival is in aid of Samaritans of Dorset.
The London Gay Men's Chorus have performed here during the last few years, and are booked to return!
Info
http://www.chesilrocks.com/

June 30th Gay OutDoor Club
Jurassic Coast: White Nothe Cliffs and Chaldon Herring A 9 mile stroll along the Jurassic Coast from Durdle Door to White Nothe Cliffs returning along Chaldon Herring's downland ridge with two climbs. The steep cliff undulations will be avoided but remain an option for those wanting a challenge!
info
https://www.goc.org.uk/event/jurassic-coast-white-...

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Advance notice of some events during 2019

July 3rd Ian McKellen
The Marlne Theatre Lyme Regis Ian McKellen is appearing in person, on stage at the Marine for a very special fundraiser. Limited tickets are also available for an intimate drinks reception with Sir Ian.
Info -
http://www.marinetheatre.com/fundraiser-ian-mckell...

July 6th
London Pride
https://prideinlondon.org/blog/2019-parade-dates

July 12 -14th BourneFree
- Bournemouth Pride
See our Pride page -
https://weymouthgaygroup.weebly.com/bournemouth-bo... and https://bournefree.co.uk/

July 13th OutDoor Lads (ODL)
Hike - Door to the Castle A demanding hike from Durdle Door to Corfe Castle along the South West Coast path. "We will take in some of the best bits of the Dorset Jurassic coastline including:
Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, Worbarrow Bay, Tyneham, Kimmeridge Bay, Chapmans Pool, Square & Compass, Corfe Castle." Info - https://www.outdoorlads.com/events/door-castle-190...

July 14th OutDoor Lads (ODL)

Studland & Harry's. A leisurely stroll from Knoll Beach to Harry's rocks, the walk will end at the Bankes Arms where you can enjoy a refreshment with your new friends before making your own way back to the start point at Knoll Beach. Make a weekend of it? There are two events this weekend, why not sign up for both! Info - https://www.outdoorlads.com/events/studland-harrys...

July 20th Isle of Wight Pride

https://www.iwpride.org/

July 27th Weymouth & Portland's first Pride!
3 days of events.
Details here on The Weymouth & Portland Pride website
-weymouth-pride.co.uk
Pride is not organised by Weymouth Gay Group, but we are very supportive and at it's birth! You can read about how the local Pride came about here - https://weymouthgaygroup.weebly.com/weymouth--port...

Aug 2,3 & 4th
Brighton Pride Festival https://www.brighton-pride.org/pride-festival/

Aug 10 /11th GLUG Gay & Lesbian Underwater Group

For divers who love wrecks, we are offering 2 days RIB diving out of Portland to the wrecks of Weymouth. We will be diving with Dive Beyond. The tides are perfect to reach those wrecks we often don't get to do. Provided the weather holds we can visit the M2, Aeolian Sky and Frogner this weekend. RIB diving is more flexible and means we can come back between dives. You will need be have Advanced Open Water certification or above and a minimum of 50 UK dives. All the deep dives are within the 30m range, but the bottom of some of the wrecks go deeper than this. Air or Nitrox are both available. Note- you must be a GLUG member to join this GLUG dive trip. Info http://www.glug.co.uk/2019weymouthaug.html

Aug 25th
Dorchester Love Parade
(Pride) See our Pride page
https://weymouthgaygroup.weebly.com/dorchester-lov...

Sept 6th OutDoor Lads. Jurassic Coast Late Summer Camping weekend
Join OutDoor Lads for a camping weekend at a natural World Herritage site, exhilarating walks and great company
Info -
https://www.outdoorlads.com/events/jurassic-coast-...

LGBT+ Dorset News

Our ambassador Jonai recently wrote this piece for the Weymouth Gay Group website to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia.

We, Jonai and Brian, met in 1999 in Dorset, shortly after Jonai came to England as a mature student of English. We have been living happily together in Dorchester for 20 years. In the first five years Jonai steadily moved towards being able to apply for British Citizenship which was granted in April 2005. Later that year we were the first gay couple in Dorchester to have a Civil Partnership ceremony, and that certificate was ‘converted’ into a legal marriage in 2014, so we have not had to struggle, as some couples do, with immigration and nationality battles.

Happy though we are, our battles on behalf of others have intensified in the last few months, where a far-right, homophobic president has been elected in Brazil. Our gay friends there have told us that it is no longer safe for us to visit Brazil, as they are afraid to be open in the light of homophobic hate-crimes encouraged by the authorities.

The story of a Lesbian Brazilian Councillor, Marielle Franco, who was murdered last year, shows how very bad the situation in Brazil has become.

On May 17, 2019, our NHS Dorset HealthCare Trust commemorates the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, or IDAHOT, through discussions and activities around the IDAHOT.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people have made tremendous progress globally in claiming rights and inclusion, in recent years. However, LGBTI people in many countries continue to face widespread discrimination and violence, which leads to exclusion. This adversely affects both the lives of LGBTI people as well as the communities and economies in which they live.

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