LGBTIQ+ CENTRE

The Outside Project LGBTIQ+ Centre, Unit 1, 52 Lant Street, London, SE1 1RB

The LGBTIQ+ Centre is The Outside Project main HQ. We hold open and private meetings, groups and activities. It is home to multiple LGBTIQ+ and Homelessness grassroots groups that we work alongside or support to develop. Please see the noticeboard for upcoming events and timetable below on regular weekly groups.

Accessibility: Intercom door entry system. Wheelchair accessible entry and bathroom. Quiet space with weighted blanket, sensory toys and lights. Communication cards available.

WRITE TO US if you would like more information on access to our LGBTIQ+ Centre.

MAY/JUNE NOTICEBOARD

SPECAIL GROUPS THIS MONTH:

Southwark LGBT Forum, 16th June and 30th June, 6-8pm

LGBTIQ+ CENTRE TIMETABLE

MONDAY

Our partner organisation The Black Cap Community Hub takes place at Castlehaven Community Centre in Camden every Monday.

Black Cap LGBTQ+ Community Hub

Weekly Hang-out space

Snacks, soft drinks and activities available.

6-9pm, every Monday, 23 Castlehaven Road, NW1 8RU

More info on the Camden hub here

BOOK 28 LIBRARY Monday 5.30pm – 8.30pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm
Book 28 is a small LGBTIQ+ library based at our LGBTIQ+ Centre. Drop in on Thursday evenings to browse, read and borrow queer books for free!

Check out the Book 28 Library website for information on events and to access their digital library – https://book28.weebly.com/

Email book28.library@gmail.com for more information. 

How to access: Drop in Monday 5.30pm – 8.30pm, Saturday 10am – 1pm

TUESDAY
Art by Laik Ecola

CAFE QUEERO *NOW MOVED TO TUESDAYS* 10am – 2pm 

FREE QUEER SOBER SPACE every Tuesday for LGBTIQ+ people who are destitute, homeless, in recovery or feel isolated. Come and have coffee and breakfast with @cafequeero at our LGBTIQ+ Centre. 

We have a friendly bunch of Cafe Queero regulars now. They make a decent coffee and can boil an egg. Crafts, puzzles, showers, library, quiet space and instruments to play with. 

How to access: Drop in 10am – 2pm. Travel refund available. 

You can purchase coffee to support Cafe Queero from https://www.hejcoffee.co.uk/product/cafe-queero/ 

WEDNESDAY

PRIDE LOUNGE

Weekly peer support get together for our community who have at any time experienced LGBTIQ+ targeted hate or who have been affected by discriminatory micro-aggressions.

Come and join us, be yourself, feel welcomed and heard by your LGBTIQ+ peers. Our aim is to support each other to feel stronger.

We invite you to share a little about yourself and what you take pride and joy in, to tell us what you have found that has helped you to feel more resilient.

We invite you to also share your achievements big or small.

Let’s share something radical: our kindness.

How to access: open to anyone who has attended any of the other groups at the centre – speak to your group facilitator to RSVP. Email jesse.ashman@lgbtiqoutside.org with any questions or if you’d like to join but haven’t previously attended any groups at the centre.

THURSDAY

STAR Lounge midday – 4pm

When we opened STAR Refuge in July 2020 we created a calm lounge area for guests to find resources, literature by and for survivors, sensory toys, comfort and a sense of safety and solidarity with other refuge residents. STAR Lounge is bringing that space into our LGBTIQ+ Centre in Borough, inviting past and present guests and the wider community to come together to support each other. We have some great activities, day trips and workshops planned.

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

BOOK 28 LIBRARY Monday 5.30pm – 8.30pm, Saturday 2pm-5pm


Book 28 is a small LGBTIQ+ library based at our LGBTIQ+ Centre. Drop in on Thursday evenings to browse, read and borrow queer books for free!

Check out the Book 28 Library website for information on events and to access their digital library – https://book28.weebly.com/

 Email book28.library@gmail.com for more information. 

How to access: Drop in Monday 5.30pm – 8.30pm, Saturday 2pm-5pm

11th wreath and cracker making
18th chocolate truffle making
25th outsidermas dinner
Jan 1st NYD parade walk
8th Amulet making
15th diary making workshop 1
22 ink making workshop 2
Open House Flyer

OPEN HOUSE

Saturdays 2pm-6pm

SUNDAY

QUEER YOUTH ART COLLECTIVE (QYAC) 12pm – 4pm – ONLINE GROUP 2pm – 3.30pm

Queer Youth Art Collective (QYAC) has run workshops at The Outside Project for LGBTQ young people 18-26 since August 2019. The project delivers newly commissioned workshops by LGBTQ artists and youth forums for attendees to discuss their practice and socialise weekly on Sundays.

Our primary aims are to challenge isolation, provide free and engaging arts workshops and build skills and infrastructure for a resilient, peer-led LGBTQ arts and education culture in London and throughout the UK.

We currently run 2 groups: ONLINE on ZOOM & OFFLINE at The Outside Project LGBTIQ+ Centre. 

How to access: Email queeryouthartcollective@gmail.comTravel refund available.

COMMUNITY CENTRE HISTORY

Laik Ecola in our first LGBTIQ+ Centre based at Clerkenwell Fire Station April 2019-May 2021

Our Community Centre initially opened in April 2019 in the former Clerkenwell Fire Station, Central London. Alongside the Outside Projects weekly social, support and recovery groups the Community Centre quickly became a busy creative and meeting space home to many activist, community groups and creative projects:

Creme Anglaise Collective, QueerseumAfrican Rainbow Family, Black Cap Foundation, Friends of the Joiners Arms, Museum of Homelessness, Streets Kitchen, Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants Stonewall‘s Trans Staff Network, Stonewall Housing‘s Reflective Practise and the London Intersex and Trans Community Healthcare Hub (LITCH).

The LGBTIQ+ Centre supported LGBTIQ+ projects to develop such as Cancer Support and Advocacy Group – Live Through This, Queer Youth Art Collective, Book 28 Library, Virtual Community Centre free/accessible party – Queer House Party, A London faction of the global Voices4 direct action group Voices 4 London, and the Trans Board Game Group.

The Centre closed to the wider community in March 2020 due to COVID19. The Centre and drill yard was used throughout the day by residents of our shelter and refuge services throughout lockdown. The Centre was also the base of the COVID19 Homeless Taskforce in partnership with Museum of Homelessness, Streets Kitchen and The Simon Community until we relocated and reopened at Lant Street in June 2021.