LGB-QWERTY4 – Christmas Special

The last LGB-QWERTY of this year will be held on Friday 2nd December at the Maypole.  Come and join us for an entertaining evening of spoken word and variety acts from members of the Derbyshire LGBT+ community.  The last event had spoken word poets, Lord Illusions stage magic and a wonderful inaugral performance from Miss Dee Zasterous.

Tickets are £3 on the door, doors open at 7.30pm and the performance starts at 8pm.  Get there early to get a good seat!

Already confirmed for the Christmas Special are-
Lord Illusion – James Wallace – Phrase GoblinzBenjamin Knight – Louise Grattan Electric Violinist – Kevin Jackson Poetry – Chantelle Fallaize
And back by popular demand, Miss Dee Zasterous
Hosted by Dan Webber – Spoken Word
Aftershow party with DJ set by Isaac Smith Music

If you would like to perform at the Christmas Special , or future events – (the audience is very friendly!) please get in touch with dan@furthestfromthesea.co.uk.

LGB-QWERTY4 will be at the Maypole: http://www.themaypoletheatre.co.uk/

Maypole Café Bar and Theatre
42 Brook Street

Presented by Furthest From The Sea; Music Comedy and Arts, in association with The Maypole Cafe, Bar and Theatre, Twisted Tongues and Derbyshire LGBT+!

Christmas Day 2016 – last call!

If you feel that you may be alone this Christmas, and unable to celebrate your festival of choice with your family and friends due to frictions around your gender identity or sexual orientation, then you are welcome to join Connor and Ryan at our special Christmas Day opening.  Between 1-7pm the centre will be open for the afternoon, including a buffet and drinks, board games, music and gathering with other LGBT+ folks.

Please let us know if you would like to come join us by 30th of November, so we can organise the catering!  You can get in touch with us by phone on 01332 207704 or by email on mailto:info@derbyshirelgbt.org.uk

Sexual Health Outreach Special 26th November

On evening of 26th November we will be rounding off National HIV Testing Week with a Sexual Health Outreach Special at the Crown Inn, Curzon Street.

Come along and talk sexual health in the familiar surroundings of the Crown, with our staff and knowledgeable volunteers, get condom supplies and choose to have a rapid HIV test on the night.  The rapid test only takes a few minutes, and helps you feel more confident about your HIV status.

Why not come see us on the night, and make sure that all your gifts this Christmas are properly wrapped 😉

National HIV Testing Week 2016

Do you know your HIV status? For certain?

This years National HIV testing week is now here!  And we’re marking the occasion by offering rapid testing in Chesterfield and Derby through this week.  The rapid test takes a few minutes, and involves a pinprick of blood being taken from your finger.

23rd – Chesterfield – evening.
24th – Chesterfield – daytime.
25th – Derby  – at our centre on Bramble Street throughout the day.
26th – Derby – The Crown Inn, Curzon Street, evening.  At our Sexual Health Outreach event.

Depending on the result of the rapid test, you may choose to taker a full HIV test afterwards.  This involves booking into a GUM clinic and having an appointment with them.  Get in touch with either them or us for further details of what the full test entails.

Why not pop along to one of our events and take an HIV rapid test with us?  It’ll be shorter than reading this post.


TDOR 2016

This year’s Trans Day of Remembrance memorial event will be held in Chesterfield Library on Saturday 19th November 2016 5pm- 8pm.

The event is open to anyone who would like to mark the event with us, there will be a showing of the documentary film Screaming Queens of Compton and a opportunity to meet with members of the DLGBT+ team for the evening learn about the work that we do and discuss the current difficulties facing LGBT+ people.

The event is free to attend, but we ask that you get in touch with us to book a place.  You can contact us on  01332 207704 or info@derbyshirelgbt.org.uk for further details or to book a free place.

Bi-Visibility Day 2016 – View from the Bi-Bridge

Derbyshire LGBT+ is pleased to present an evening celebrating all things Bi for Bi-Visibility Day 2016.  ‘View from the Bi- Bridge’ will be on Friday 23rd September, 6-8pm at our centre in Bramble Street.



Come join us for a foodshare – bring a little something to share with you!  We’ll be showing some short documentaries and having some discussions, with plenty of time for socialising afterwards.  All welcome: Bi, Demi, Pan, Fluid, Allies – it’s all good 🙂

There’s limited car parking available directly opposite the centre, and we’re about 10 minutes walk from the city centre.

Don’t forget that the next Bidentity is on the 20th September, so we’re going all Bi that week!

You can e-mail us or call us for more information – info@derbyshirelgbt.org.uk or 01332 207704

LGB-QWERTY evening 9th September

On the 9th September there will be a spoken word open mic night in Derby for LGBT+ performers called LGB-QWERTY run by Furthest from the Sea. So if you fancy a night out, head to The Maypole, 24 Brook Street, Derby, 7.30 – 9.30pm to hear and watch members of the Derbyshire LGBT+ community doing their thing 🙂

Tickets are £3 on the door, interested in performing on the night? Contact Dan@furthestfromthesea.co.uk
More information on the Facebook events page: https://www.facebook.com/events/106427366462252/


Surveys Surveys Surveys

Hi everyone out there, we have a couple surveys we would like you to fill in if you could.


One is a survey so we can see what services are needed and what we can do better with the services we already provide, you can find that survey here


The second is a survey for a new service we are piloting called Golden Rainbows, it is for older LGBT people who might be more isolated in the wider county, you can find that survey here



LGBT-QWERTY spoken word open mic night

Lovely peeps, if you have always wanted to have a go at creative writing, but never had the chance, Furthest from the Sea and ourselves are hosting an LGBT+ spoken word open mic night on the 9th September.

If you’d like to perform on that night, but don’t currently have a piece of work, then why not sign up to one of our free creative writing workshops beforehand on 17th or 24th August.  If it’s the performing part that’s a bit nerve-wracking, then you could come to our performance workshop to help improve your confidence in performing on the night 🙂

There’s sign up sheets for both workshops available in our centre, if you’d like a place you’re welcome to put your name on the list, or contact us and ask us to put your name on!  There are 10 spaces available for each creative writing workshop and preference will be given to those who want to perform on the night.


Golden Rainbows Project

Derbyshire LGBT+ are pleased to announce the launch of their new project ‘Golden Rainbows’. The project is funded by Lloyds Bank and aims to reduce the isolation and loneliness often experienced by older LGBT+ individuals who live and/or work in rural Derbyshire.  The Project is being led by Connor, who would love to talk to anyone who self-identifies as LGBT+, is over the age of 50 and lives or works in rural Derbyshire about their needs, their experiences and what support they would like. 

Research from Rural Action Derbyshire and Derbyshire LGBT+ has shown that older LGBT+ people experience higher levels of isolation and loneliness in relation to their heterosexual counterparts. This isolation and loneliness is doubled if an older LGBT+ person lives in a rural area of the county.  We hope that this year long project will help overcome some of the barriers that people have found in accessing appropriate LGBT+ 50+ support. 

If you, or anyone you know would be interested in the Golden Rainbows Project, please contact Connor directly on connorgoldenrainbows@derbyshirelgbt.org.uk or phone us on 01332 207704.