Leeds Gay Community

Location: Leeds

Gender: Male, Trans Man

Age Range: All Ages

This is a social group for Gay and Bisexual men of all ages; their aim is to provide a space where Gay people can meet and be themselves. It is mainly non–scene, has discussions, presentations, social outings etc. They meet regularly on Friday evenings, usually at a venue in Leeds city centre.

LGC (Leeds Gay Community) was founded in September 1982 and is the direct descendant of gay groups which had been meeting since 1971. We meet regularly on Friday evenings, usually at the Yorkshire MESMAC office at 22-23 Blayd's Yard, Leeds, LS1 4AD (map at page end) at 6:30pm.

Our main aim has always been to provide a hassle-free space where gay and bisexual men can meet and be themselves and, hopefully, make new friends.

We welcome men of all ages, though as we are a long established group, most of our members are 50+.

Although we are a members only group, visitors are very welcome. If visitors turn up for more than three meetings, we invite them to join us. Membership costs £12 per year (£6 for non-earners).

Diary of Events:

Wednesday 8th November— MORNING COFFEE AT 11 O’CLOCK AT EMMAUS. St Mary’s Street is quite near the bus station and Playhouse. Buses 4, 16, 49, 50, 50a to Burmantofts Street.


Tuesday 14th November— MORNING COFFEE IN WAKEFIELD TODAY. Our friend and member Geoff invites us to join him from 11 o’clock in the café in Wakefield Cathedral. At 1pm there will be a free concert which some members might like to attend.

Wednesday 15th November— EATING OUT AT KENDELL’S THIS EVENING. This bistro is in St Peter’s Street, near the bus station and College of Music.

Friday 17th November— BEECHING’S LEGACY—FINAL PART TONIGHT. Raymond will present Part 4 of this series covering the politics and economics of Britain’s railway history.

Tuesday 21st November— OUTING TO HULL TODAY.

Friday 24th November— ENTERTAINMENT FROM LAURIE TONIGHT. Another musical presentation which our friend and member Laurie has prepared for us. This one is entitled “Gay Folk”.

Friday 1st December— ROUND THE GROUP TONIGHT. Today it’s World AIDS Day. We thought we’d see how our members feel. So the theme is “Your reactions to HIV/AIDS over the years and where are we now?”


Thursday 14th December— MORNING COFFEE AT 11 O’CLOCK THIS MORNING. Meet in the magnificent Tiled Hall in Leeds Art Gallery.

Friday 15th December— OUR CHRISTMAS PARTY TONIGHT, at 22 Blayds Yard. This time admission will be cheaper, at £3, which will include a free raffle ticket.

Thursday 21st December— FESTIVE EATING OUT TONIGHT. We’ve decided to return to the Roundhay Fox in Princes Avenue at 7pm.

Friday 22nd December— A MISCELLANY OF READINGS TONIGHT. Eric will dip into some of his books and find some items. Yes, of course, they’ll have a gay theme!

Friday 29th December— MULLED WINE AND MINCE PIES TONIGHT. Gary and Ian have kindly offered to come over from Huddersfield and warm the wine up for us, while Eric will find a supply of mince pies, and maybe some cake.

Friday 5th January— EDUCATIONAL FILM TONIGHT FROM RAYMOND. “The Puppetry of the Penis— the ancient art of genital origami”. This was the last word in entertainment at the start of this century. It started in the southern hemisphere in Melbourne in 2000 and was a huge success at the Edinburgh Festival. Come and see why.

Contact Us:

Leeds Gay Community

c/o PO BOX 417


Contact Raymond: 0113 255 9973 or on LGC mobile 07986 615 912.

Email: lgc@mesmac.co.uk