We want Dorchester to be an inclusive, safe, and happy town for everyone.
Here you’ll find lots of LGBTQIA+ resources including events!
Dorchester is a safe space!
Look out around town for our ‘Safe Space’ posters!
This initiative is thanks to Dorchester Town Council, Shire Hall Museum, Space Youth Project, Discover Dorchester, and Dorset Council.
If you are a business/community space and would like to be a part of Dorchester ‘Safe Space’ project please get in touch with Connie Hollings at Dorchester Town Council at email@example.com. Whether you are a public facing business or would just like one for your office we encourage you to get involved!
Dorchester Youth Pride!
Dorset Youth Pride is back at Shire Hall Museum for 2023 on Saturday 10th June!
Pride is a celebration for everyone of all ages. Dorset Youth Pride is an inclusive event welcoming all members of the LGBT+ community, families, young people and allies.
Shire Hall Museum will be open for FREE on Saturday 10th June. Visitors to Dorset Youth Pride will have the opportunity to take part in a range of inclusive activities whilst exploring one of Dorchester’s most historic buildings.
We’re thrilled to be partnering with the following organisations for this year’s Dorset Youth Pride:
Space Youth Project, Pop ‘n’ Olly, The Keep Military Museum, Weymouth Gay Group, This is Me, Dorset Youth Voice, Budmouth College, & Vinyl Van.
Dorset Youth Pride at Shire Hall is sponsored by RiskSTOP Group.
Shire Hall is a year round safe space – not just for pride month!
LGBTQIA+ events in Dorchester
Shire Hall Museum Resource Page
Shire Hall Museum have created a resource page full of helpful links from Dorset Youth Pride 2023 – including a history of LGBTQ+ justice and Vinyl Van’s Pride Pick ‘n’ Mix playlist! Find the page on their website here: www.shirehalldorset.org/dorset-youth-pride.
Space Youth Project
Space run a regular youth group in Dorchester for anyone who is LGBTQIA+ and under 25. The FREE drop in session runs every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, 6.30pm-8.30pm a Sunninghill Hall, South Walks Road, DT1 1EB. Space also offer one to one, family, and education resources. For more information, please head to their website www.spaceyouthproject.co.uk.
Weymouth Gay Group
Weymouth Gay Group is an 18+ support group in Weymouth who meet regularly for friendship, chat, food, drinks & a laugh! Running for over 15 years, they have weekly pub/restaurant meets up for a chat and a meal. For more information, please head to their website www.weymouthgaygroup.weebly.com.
The Intercom Trust
Intercom Trust is a lesbian gay bisexual and trans community resource in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset, providing help against homophobic and transphobic prejudice, crime and discrimination, helping to develop the LGBT communities, providing professional training and consultancy, and working in partnership with local government, the police, health, etc. Find out more and contact them at www.intercomtrust.org.uk or 01392 201015. The Intercom trust run the LGBT helpline 0800 612 3010.
Proud2Be is a grassroots user-led social enterprise that supports LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and/or questioning+) people in Devon and beyond, to lead empowered, fulfilled and authentic lives. They host regular in-person and online support groups. For more information, please head to their website www.proud2be.org.uk.
Over the Rainbow
Over the Rainbow is an NHS Initiative for the local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) community in Bournemouth, Weymouth and Dorset. For more information, please head to their website www.rainbowdorset.co.uk.
MindOut is a mental health service run by and for lesbians, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer people. MindOut works to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all LGBTQ communities and to make mental health a community concern. For more information, please head to their website www.mindout.org.uk.
FFLAG is a national charity dedicated to supporting parents and families and their LGBT+ members. For more information, please head to their website www.fflag.org.uk.
They run a helpline at 0300 688 0368.
Mindline Trans+ are set up specifically to offer emotional support to trans, non-binary and genderfluid people and their families. For more information, please head to their website www.mindlinetrans.org.uk. They are open Mondays and Fridays 8pm-midnight on 0300 330 5468.
There's no place for hate in Dorchester - Dorset Police Hate Crime Team
If you are a victim of hate crime or a witness to it, don’t just stay silent.
Show that hate doesn’t belong here and report it.
Go online: www.dorset.police.uk/hatecrime or www.report-it.org.uk.
Call Dorset Police: 101
Minicom/textphone 18001 101
Sign Live (via BSL interpreters)
If a crime is in progress, call 999
SMS/Text 999 (pre-registered)