Local Organisations

In the last fourteen years there have been many advances, however LGBT+ people still face many hurdles – in addition to our annual Parade and Festival we aim to promote and support the support these organisations in their year-round work providing advice, support and social activities for LGBT+ people.

My Umbrella
Umbrella is committed to developing and providing services and activities which enhance the ability of people with gender/sexuality issues to make informed choices. It is also committed to educating the public and providers about the needs of people with gender/sexuality issues.
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.
Berkshire Blisters
Berkshire Blisters are a friendly social gay women's group operating around the Thames Valley. Are mostly in their 30s, 40s and 50s coming from all walks of life and all professions. They offer a variety of activities including walking, cinema, camping, pub nights, book groups, meals out, and much more.
Berkshire Gay Link
BGL is a social group which organises a range of activities for gay men living in Berkshire and further afield.
Berkshire Older Lesbian & Gay Forum
BOLGAF is a charity that organises events and forum for the Gay and Lesbian community that feel ‘older’ within the Berkshire area. While also campaigning actively campaigning to end discrimination that older lesbians and gay men face.
beYOU is a Helpline to support for lesbians, gay men, their families and friends who are Coming out. It can be a time of great uncertainty, difficulty and change, so the need for support still remains.
Gay Outdoor Club - Berkshire
The Gay Outdoor Club operates throughout Great Britain and provides a wide range of outdoor and indoor sports and recreational activities for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender men and women.
R-Trans Support Group
R-Trans is the Reading-based support group for those who are seeking support and friendship whilst transitioning.
ReachOUT is the Youth Club in Reading for young people (aged 13-19, or up to 25 if they have a Learning Difficulty or Disability) who are LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual or Transgender, or Questioning).
Reading Gay Men’s Book Club
Are you a gay man living in or near Reading and do you enjoy reading (books, that is)? Would you like the chance to talk about a book or author? If so, how about coming along to the Reading Gay Men's Book Club. Every month we take it in turns to select a book which we all read, then we meet to discuss the book.
Reading Renegades RFC
The Reading Renegades RFC aims to allow men of any sexual orientation, age or experience the opportunity to play rugby without fear of prejudice.
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.
Thames Valley Gay Chorus
TVGC is a group for the LGBT community around the Thames Valley who enjoy singing. Based in Reading but perform all around the area. A voluntary group, the Chorus helps develop people with a desire to sing and read music, and enables LGBT people to express themselves through music.
Thames Valley Gay Police Association
The Thames Valley Gay Police Association (GPA) aims to provide a local staff support network for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and non-gay members of Thames Valley Police.
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.
University of Reading LGBT Society
The focus of this group is to provide welfare, social support and guidance. It offers a chance to socialise, to come out' and talk with experienced committee members and other students and young people.