The LGBT community of Oxford includes a wide range of social networking opportunities online, in print and the old fashioned way, in person. Below are a few links to online groups, venues, publications and Pride events
Oxford has a rich history of social interaction between Town and Gown. The Universities have bars and social calendars for students, staff and their guest. For the rest of us, there are many social places in and around the city and waterways of Oxford. Most venues around Oxford are LGBT+ friendly, some favourites are included below. Please do let us know some of your favourites too.
One of the oldest established gay pubs in the country, The Jolly Farmers has served the gay community in Oxford and the surrounding areas since 1981.
Paradise Street OX1 1LD
The Plush Lounge (Plush)
Oxford’s only gay owned nightclub. Open on Fridays and Saturdays until 4 a.m. (Park End Street OX1) until mid January 2019 before moving to newly renovated venue off Cornmarket Street (former Purple Turtle)
Red Box is a friendly women-only event, held on the second Tuesday of every month in different bars and pubs around Oxford. They also host occasional cabaret, music, film and comedy events.
Molly – Party for Queers
Molly aims to be an inclusive space for Oxford’s queer community – at multiple venues. Molly runs Oxford-based queer social events on the 2nd Friday of the month: FriYAY. Other events as announced online.
Meet up Events on Oxford
There are many groups to access online via the Meet Up network www.meetup.com including:
Carpet Brunchers www.meetup.com/The-Oxfordshire-Lesbian-Brunch-Club
Oxfordshire’s LGBT+ Magazine relaunched in 2017 after almost 30years. Featuring local history, news and information, it is available at selected outlets around Oxford. More information is available at PinkTimesOxford
Fyne Times is a UK based free gay and lesbian magazine, with five regional editions, that was established in September 2001. Published by Jill Rayner, it is based in Oxfordshire.
National organisation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer young people in the UK
An online social club for gay people
Social activities and support for Transgender people
FTM (female to male)
Self-help group for female to male Transgender people, or those exploring their gender.
Oxford Pride is a celebration of lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer life in Oxfordshire. There are events throughout the year plus an Arts & Culture Festival (Friday 25-Sunday 3rd June 2018) including the annual Pride Parade and Pride Day on Saturday 2nd June 2018. The events supporting or arranged by Oxford Pride promote awareness of LGBT+ issues by providing information, education and entertainment in a welcoming and encouraging environment. Oxford Pride is a charity membership based non-profit organisation run by a dedicated team of volunteers. Visit oxford-pride.org.uk
UK Pride Organisers Network
There are over 120 Pride events in the UK. Whilst many popular Pride parades and events are in major towns and cities, more and more smaller towns and villages are hosting Pride events. If you’re looking for dates and locations of Pride events around the UK, you’ll find all details at www.ukpon.lgbt
The first UK Pride was hosted by Pride in Hull as part of the 2017 UK City of Culture. Isle of Wight hosted UK Pride 2018. For 2019 the national celebration moves to Newry in Northern Ireland when all are encouraged to visit and join in with Pride on 31st August. Visit www.prideinnewry.com for more information.
UK Black Pride
UK Black Pride promotes unity and co-operation among all Black people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Middle Eastern and Latin American descent, who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender, as well as their friends and families. Visit ukblackpride.org.uk
Trans Pride Brighton
Trans Pride Brighton is a grassroots community charity, to inspire all trans, intersex, gender variant and queer people to help make a real difference by promoting equality and diversity through visibility, to educate and eliminate discrimination, and to celebrate a unique history and gender diversity. Trans Pride Brighton and Hove is promoting awareness, inspiring change; nurturing culture, connection and community. transpridebrighton.tumblr.com
Trans Pride South West
Trans Pride South West is an unincorporated association, promoting & celebrating diversity of Transgender, Non-Binary, Intersex, & Gender variant individuals & encouraging awareness, openness & interaction. All are welcome, Trans, Intersex, Non-Binary, Gender variant and Queer people along with family, friends and allies. transpridesw.org.uk
Plans are underway for the first Bi Pride Parade to take place in March 2019 in London. For more information visit facebook.com/BiPrideUK