Friends of TQE

Just moving to Cardiff? Want to find out what's going on?

This is by no means an exhaustive list and we're adding more to this as we find out about more stuff going on in Cardiff and the surrounding areas all the time! We've made it into categories to help navigate to what you need or are interested in as easily as possible.

We can't vouch for everyone on this list but they have made themselves explicitly LGBTQ+ in someway and have been established.

Mutual Aids, Charities and Support Groups

Because community is important:

  • Trans Aid Cymru
  • Stonewall Cymru
  • Trans Tech Tent
  • Glitter Cymru
  • Hoops and Loops Cardiff
  • Cardiff LGBTQ  Law Clinic
  • Impact Cardiff
  • Cardiff Fast Track
  • TIN Wardrobe


Alongside us Cardiff has a great selection of LGBTQ+ venues:

  • The Golden Cross (Wales's oldest gay bar)
  • Mary's Cardiff (bar/nightclub)
  • Mainstage (bar)
  • The Eagle (bar)
  • The Kings (bar)
  • Pulse (bar/nightclub)
  • The Glory Stores (provisions store)
  • Aubergine Cafe CIC (cafe)

There's lots of other very friendly venues, many of which have LGBTQ+ flags up all year round- keep an eye - out for them.

Sports Teams

Whatever you play to compete or for the team spirit, Cardiff has a range of sports you can join:

  • Cardiff Foxes Running
  • Cardiff Dragons Football Club
  • Cardiff Lions Rugby Club
  • Cardiff Baseliners Tennis
  • Tiger Bay Brawlers Roller Derby Team
  • Queer Skate Night
  • SpokesPerson CIC (bike workshop and community) 
  • Merfolk Wild Swimming


Cardiff is lucky enough to have several LGBTQ+ festivals:

  • Iris Prize LGBTQ+ Film Festival
  • Pride Cymru
  • The Queer Fringe Festival
  • LezDiff


LGBTQ+ arts in Cardiff range from literature to dance to comedy:

  • Paned o Gê Bookshop
  • Welsh Ballroom Community
  • Shelflife Zine & Bookshop
  • Sensitive Comedy
  • Lone Worlds (creative community)
  • The Chiffon Borg
  • Hey Mary Cardiff


Not to be stereotypically Welsh but we do have three LGBTQ+ choirs:

  • South Wales Gay Men's Chorus
  • Songbirds Choir Cardiff
  • Cardiff Trans Singers


There's far too much to get onto one list for Cardiff LGBTQ+ nightlife but we're going to give it a shot:

  • Transition (a night forand by trans, non binary and gender non conforming folk)*
  • SoundCheck (live music)*
  • Hey Mary (alt drag, Marys)
  • Draglings (new drag night)*
  • You're Invited (Global Majority LGBTQ+ Night)*
  • Kingdom Come (Drag King night)*
  • Dirty Pop (club night)
  • Welsh Ballroom Events
  • Comedy in the Arcade*

*Events at The Queer Emporium

Further afield

Outside of Cardiff there's so much to explore! Some of our friends that aren't too far:

  • Primavera Therapy Space (Llanelli)
  • Swansea Vikings rugby
  • Swansea Galaxy football
  • Queer Supper Club