Welcome to the "Bourne Out LGBT" Gay Social Group, this group is a great way to make friends, contacts and connections. Social MeetUps, Events, Activities, Bars, Cafes, Theatre, Cinema, Dinners, Walks, Days Out, Group Trips, Sport and much, much more!
This group allows YOU to post any type of meetup or event on here large or small, please feel free - it really is that easy! We look forward to seeing you at an event soon.... Please note that this site does not vet members therefore please do not post phone numbers or personal details and exercise caution if hosting a first event in your own home.
Bourne Out was initially launched in 2009 in association with Eastbourne Borough Council. It has recently been taken over by 2 new trustees, Betty Gallacher as chairperson and Xian Rodgers as treasurer. Betty (aka Scotty) has over 40 years promoting and fighting for LGBT rights as a Trade Union rep, receiving various awards and accolades during her time in recognition of her achievement.
The primary aim of the group is to promote LGBT rights in the Eastbourne and surrounding area and provide assistance in breaking down barriers which are still unfortunately encountered by persons identifying themselves as LGBT. This includes those not only living in the local vicinity but also working or visiting. We welcome and support ALL members of society who identify themselves as LGBT regardless of age, gender, status, religion or sexual orientation. We also welcome friends of LGBT members as guests. Naturally and by default, this means that we will not condone or tolerate any form of discrimination, harassment or bullying either between or to our members and will deal with such occurrences appropriately.
Eastbourne and the surrounding area is hugely under-represented in the LGBT community. The most recent census shows that almost 2000 people in Eastbourne identified themselves as being LGBT and we know that this is likely to be an underestimate of the true figure. There is little for LGBT persons to do in Eastbourne whether they be 18 or 80 and this is something that we can change if we all work together.
We aim to work in conjunction with other groups and organisations in the local area to help promote LGBT rights and challenge barriers such as:
• Eastbourne Borough Council
• Sussex Police
• Eastbourne Rainbow
• Terence Higgins Trust
Bourne Out also encompasses LGBT Youth which is aimed at providing a safe environment for younger members to come forward and discuss fears or concerns and to obtain help and advice. This may be done either through mentoring or by talking to an experienced and qualified counsellor. We also aim to include LGBT Youth by providing activity and learning events such as laser-quest or 10 pin bowling so they can mix with other LGBT Youth in a controlled and safe environment whilst also learning that they are not alone or different from others.
In addition to the serious side of Bourne Out there is also a fun side which is centred around the meet-up app and website. Due to Safeguarding Children legislation, we are unable to accept any member to the Meet Up application who is, or appears to be, under the age of 18. This site allows any member to post an event for others to come along to whether it be meals out, drinks nights, book clubs, cinema outings, day trips etc. We hope that this will act as a starting point for new people, whether they be new to the area or long standing residents to come along and meet other LGBT members. We know that there are various meet-up groups in the Eastbourne and surrounding area and that people are free to join any number of these groups. We hope however that people will view and actively support the Bourne Out group and the ethos behind us. February sees the LGBT History Month and we are currently in the process of arranging LGBT History talks and events. The meetup app will contain details once finalised.