COMMUNITY

COMMUNITY

Reading and the Thames Valley has a small but active LGBT+ scene with a number of friendly 
venues and other occasional nights, you can find details of these listed below. 
As well as other local and national groups and events.

READING PRIDE

Reading Pride is run by a team of dedicated volunteers with a variety of skills and experience. The Committee works throughout the year to support the community and plan the Parade & Festival.

At Reading Pride, the aims of our charity are to promote equality and diversity, advance education and eliminate discrimination in relation to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Assosciated (LGBT+) people. We work for the benefit of the community in Reading and around the Thames Valley. The purpose of Reading Pride is to raise awareness on issues affecting LGBT persons, by staging an annual festival.

We also support other charitable and voluntary organisations within the community throughout the year, developing an environment in favour of LGBT equality by providing information, advice and support.

TRANSGENDER THERAPY

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'An understanding and personal approach to therapy for Trans people and their families. A Trans Therapist for the Trans community.'


PIECES OF ACE

We are Robin, Thom and Steve and we had the mad idea to start up a podcast directed towards the Asexual Community .
We are all Asexual ourselves and thought we would take to the world to have some fun and some mad discussions.

SWINDON TRANSGENDER SUPPORT GROUP

The Swindon TG Group is a local Transgender support group that exists in order to provide information and help to those who are either confused about gender or who are simply looking for a safe and friendly environment in which to ‘dress’ regardless of age, gender, sexuality, disability, religion, ethnicity or any other totally irrelevant factor.


TRANSOXFORD

TransOxford was created in December 2015 and is presently the only independent dedicated social and psychological support group for the transgender and gender queer people in Oxford and Oxfordshire. 

The group was created with three purposes in mind - 

a) to organise and hold regular monthly or fortnightly social meetings for the members of the local transgender community; 
b) to facilitate greater communication and interaction between the various smaller local transgender groups related to the two universities, churches, etc.; 
c) to get the local councils more involved and to establish with their help a regular venue and a dedicated telephone helpline for the local transgender people. 

The group meets on first or second Tuesdays of the month with an occasional Friday evening. 

AVEN

Asexual Visibility and Education Network - AVEN hosts the world's largest online asexual community as well as a large archive of resources on asexuality. AVEN strives to create open, honest discussion about asexuality among sexual and asexual people alike.

Unlike celibacy, which is a choice, asexuality is a sexual orientation. Asexual people have the same emotional needs as everybody else and are just as capable of forming intimate relationships.

THE FLOREY AND CONTRACEPTIVE SERVICES

The florey offer the full range of sexual health services including testing for and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and contraception.
We also provide ongoing care and treatment for people living with HIV.

SUPPORT U

Support U is a LGBT+ wellbeing centre. They make a lasting difference to people's lives rather than simply alleviating the symptoms or current problems; without fear of discrimination or segregation, and through building self-confidence and offering support and guidance when they need it the most.

R-TRANS

R-Trans is the Reading-based support group for those who are seeking support and friendship whilst transitioning. R-Trans operate a monthly session for our members to meet, catch up over a coffee and discuss Trans issues.

The meetings take place at the Support U centre on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Regular updates, and relevant news articles are shared via the R-Trans Facebook page, which we invite you to "like" to keep up to date with.

R-Trans is a free group and there's no charge. Donation's to cover the cost of the group's overheads are always welcome.

THAMES VALLEY POSITIVE SUPPORT

TVPS are a charity that supports people infected and affected by HIV throughout Berkshire. They are currently are supporting over 500 people and have centres in Reading and Slough.

LGBT+ SOCIETY

LGBT+ Reading supports, represents, and brings together the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* and plus (other sexual and gender minorities) students of the University of Reading. Thye are both a society and a liberation & representation group run for and by LGBT+ students. An inclusive group – anyone who identifies as a sexual and/or gender minority is welcome to join – and they don't have membership fees or a definitive list of members.

Anyone who identifies as a sexual and/or gender minority is automatically a part of LGBT+ Reading, and therefore has the right to influence the focus and running of the organisation. Primary goals are to work to create a social place for people that define as LGBT+ within/around the University, as well as to campaign for the rights and increased visibility of LGBT+ peoples within the local and global communities.

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