TAUNTON GAY GROUP EVENTS
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Tues 18/10/2022 | 7-9pm Evening Pub Social | HIDEOUT. Please click here for more details or visit the events page on Facebook.
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EVERY TUESDAY IS TUESGAY AT THE HIDEOUT LGBTQ+ DAY!
The Hideout pub in Castle Green Taunton now runs an 'LGBTQ+ day' every Tuesday (sometimes known as 'Tuesgay'!), as well as other ad-hoc events such as drag nights. This is great news for Taunton, but it will only be sustained if it gets regular support and attendance. Hideout is aiming to be 'the place' in town for our community to go, be safe and have a great time and is supported by LGBTQ+ staff and allies at the pub, who want it as much as the punters.
Please visit the Hideout Facebook page for more info or follow the Hideout Twitter account.
COMPUTER WORLD 80s SYNTH POP CLUB NIGHT
This is a great monthly disco night usually held at The Lawns Club on Mary St, Taunton, which a number of TGG regulars attend and has shown itself to be a safe and fun night for our community. DJ Jeremy plays some great tracks spanning the electronic/synth and alternative 80s era, with of course well known anthems mixed in. The Lawns has a very good value bar, and it's the kind of place you can wear what you want, dance how you want, be who you want and let your hair down! For more info visit the Computer World facebook page or contact email@example.com.
THE BLACK HORSE pub in Taunton, run by community member Shane has a number of events including Pride fundraisers, karaoke/open mic nights, drag cabarets /quizzes and more. Please visit the Black Horse Facebook page for more info on their event nights.
SAVE THE DATE: Taunton Pride will be held for the second time on Saturday 16th July 2022, as part of the Taunton Live and Pride festival, a partnership between GoCreate and a new Taunton Pride Community Interest Company (CiC). TGG has been involved on the committee and contributing to the plans to help shape and support the event.
If you'd like to get involved and volunteer please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the Taunton Pride Official Website
Donate to the Taunton Pride fundraising campaign
Follow the Taunton Pride Facebook Page
Follow the Taunton Pride Twitter Feed
Do you know of anything coming up in Taunton Deane area? Are you organising an LGBTQ+ related event? Please contact us and we can post on here and help people know about it.
TGG was gratefully supported for 2021 pride by
14 July 2022 - Ready for Pride!
Team TGG have been busy behind the scenes plotting our stall in Vivary Park at Taunton Pride Sat 16th July! A merry band of TGG'ers will be on hand to chat to anyone about our group, we'll have a few freebies (pens, badges, stickers, sweets) but as we don't have regular revenue streams we'll be most grateful for any donations! We will of course have leaflets and cards to take away, and our aim is to simply reach people that haven't found out about us yet, or people that maybe aren't on social media. Please come and say hi or just have a sit down and a chill under our gazebo to escape the expected rays! Please take care, water, sun cream, hats, and please note due to the extreme heat forecast Taunton Pride have banned dogs from the site, expect for assistance dogs for their own health. We will also be in the march and you may hear from TGG in the opening speeches before we set off. I hope as many of you as possible have managed to get free tickets/wristbands - it's very unfortunate these have been needed for both the parade and park, but there have been lots of exceptional demands by the local authority, nothing that we've ever experienced at much larger pride events in the region, and the organisers have had to navigate these barriers as best they can. Please be kind to the Taunton Live and Pride organisers on the day, it's been very hard work for all involved to get to this point.
12 June 2022 - Evening Pub Socials moving the HIDEOUT
Please note from our evening event 17/6/22 onwards, we plan to hold all future evening pub socials at Hideout. This is following some consultation in our community facebook discussion group and conversations recently with TGG attendees. A key reason is to address issues of disability access, which has proved a barrier at our former regular venue the Plough and has long been an uncomfortable balance to consider, as well as capacity as our group has grown in attendance. Hideout have been actively aiming to become known as an LGBTQ+ friendly pub in the town, with its recently launched weekly LGBTQ+ day every Tuesday, and we feel it offers the right space, with the right attitude and staff support. We'd like to thank the Plough for all it's support and some fantastic nights over the last 4 years, and we'll certainly continue to visit on an individual basis. We hope the move will be welcomed by those who've found barriers of accessibility for previous events and look forward to enjoying more great nights out in our new home. It'll be a little 'suck it and see' but hope to see you at Hideout this Friday 17th June - DJ Sam will be spinning some tunes too so dancing may be on the cards!
5 April 2022 - In the news again...
2 April 2022 - TGG's 4th birthday and lot's coming up...
Our group has been running for an amazing 4 years when we have our next lunch meet up at the GWH. I'd like to thank everyone that has supported us, and for all the new friendships made. We've seen Taunton's first pride in 2021 despite the pandemic, the rainbow pathway lighting the way in Goodlands Gardens, and 2022 sees a bigger and better Taunton Live & Pride event announced for 16th July, with parade and events in Vivary Park all taking shape (free ticket registration launching very soon). TGG will be there again (hopefully me too and not at home with Covid this time!) and with this in mind, I'm looking for volunteers from our regulars to help out, and also any donations gratefully received towards some bits and pieces we need for our stall - anything will help so will have a tin at the ready on the 2nd April, but only if you can and would like to. There are some other exciting things being cooked up in the town for our community, and hope to bring more news on this very soon! In the meantime thanks for the last 4 years, and making TGG worth all the effort. x Stephen
28 February 2022 - Taunton Live & Pride 2022 is revealed!
Following Taunton's first Pride, held in reduced format for the first time during pandemic restrictions in 2021, the date for 2022 has been announced as Saturday 16th July. The event will be part of the Taunton Live and Pride festival, a partnership between GoCreate and a new Taunton Pride Community Interest Company (CiC). TGG has been involved in the initial committee meetings to help develop the continuing event and we're very pleased Pride will be back bigger and better. More details will be announced of the event plan and related events in the run up to July.
22 December 2021 - A short break and back in Feb 22
Hi all, apologies for a recent dip in posting any news or events. Some increased pressures in both my working life within part of the NHS and also personal events are conspiring to impact my capacity to a) arrange events at this time b) be as responsive as I would normally be for things in TGG world. Added to and entwined in this, is the speed of increasing cases of latest Covid variant, and the considerations around social contact in enclosed spaces, possible increases to restrictions etc.
With this in mind, we’re going to take a short break and plan to start scheduling social meet ups again from early February 22. I’m sorry if this is disappointing, particularly for those have only recently started coming along, but will give both myself and Omicron some space to get through this period. Hope you understand and apologies for stepping us back at this time.
Thank you for everyone’s support this year, in particular Azzy, Ben and Alan who stepped in at very short notice to run TGG’s stall at Taunton Pride in July when I caught Covid.
Thank you to Jenny and Liz at GoCreate for organising Pride as part of Taunton Live this year and for supporting the journey towards making Taunton Pride 2022 happen (committee shaping up and work in progress).
Thank you to all our regulars at TGG events for coming along, and to all the new friends we have met this year. We’ve had great fun and it’s been a blast getting to know each other - our Saturday afternoon social meets have often turned into fun evenings!
Have a great festive season and hope 2022 brings easier times and lots of whatever brings you happiness. Stay as safe and well as possible x Stephen, TGG.
P.S In the meantime please do use the TGG community discussion private group on Facebook if you want to post things and keep in touch, nothing stopping anyone saying ‘I’m up the pub tonight anyone want to join me?’ in there if you’d like to do your own thing. If you’re not already a member of that group please request to join, but respond to all joining questions & group rules when you do please (we get a lot of overseas/spoof profile looking requests that I have to try and filter out and I can’t always view profiles when in doubt, so they are there to try and keep it a safe space).
22 October - Taunton Pride 2022 Pride Working Group Meeting - 7pm at the Company Spaces on 1st November 2021
Taunton Pride 2022 - Can you please help?
A small working group has met to start looking at what might be needed to make Taunton Pride 2022 a reality, after the amazing job GoCreate did this year in very challenging circumstances. If you want to see it happen again next year (and beyond) you can both help shape and/or practically support it to happen. The group would like to a) know what matters most so we can try and achieve the most important elements b) how you, the community could help in practical ways to bring the event to life. Please could you spare a couple of minutes to complete this survey by 31 October, so we can gather information to move forward at the next meeting on 1st November (to which anyone keen to get involved is welcome). Thank you for your help.
Please click here to complete the survey