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For years, Bournemouth has had a reputation for being gay-friendly, with lots of LGBTQ+ spots and events to offer.

If you’re just arriving at university, or you’re a third year dipping your toes in the water for the first time, here are some great LGBTQ+ spaces to start with.

While Flirt Café isn’t an exclusively LGBTQ+ bar, it is known for its friendly and inclusive atmosphere. Located in the Triangle, a popular spot for LGBTQ+ venues, it is popular amongst the community.

Photo of DYMK Bar building front

Similarly, DYMK (Does Your Mother Know) Bar and Club is a well-known venue in the Bournemouth LGBTQ+ community.

Both locations are known for hosting drag events and the occasional cabaret night!

Pride Bar, newly opened in 2023, is starting weekly drag shows this February. They’ve already made a name for themselves in the community as a fun venue with well-priced drinks and fabulous, regular events.

Photograph of Pride Bar building front with LGBT flagGoing strong since 2012, there’s free entry before 11 pm, and £2 tickets after with free re-entry. Xchange also hosts Karaoke nights and drag shows.

But if you’re looking for something more relaxed, the Obsidian Cafe, a creative space located in Boscombe, might be for you. They host regular open mic nights, writers showcases, and film and debate nights, but also have livelier drag nights and queen’s and queer’s nights.

Dandy Issues, the King of camp, is a well-known player in the Bournemouth drag scene, hosting regular shows andPhotograph of 4 women dancing at DYMK club, holding drinks, pink lights performances all over town.

They’re a great performer to follow online if you’re interested in getting involved in the Bournemouth LGBTQ+ community.

In the summer, Bournemouth and Poole’s annual July pride festival- Bourne Free– takes the city by storm. With caterers, bars, and a parade, Bourne Free is a fabulous celebration of LGBTQ+ pride, and a welcoming space to all.

Of course, if you don’t want to stray too far from campus, Bournemouth University has both societies and liberation networks for the LGBTQ+ community, as well lots of Pride events throughout the year. 

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