A guide to LGBT student life in Glasgow

A guide to LGBT student life in Glasgow

credit: Lesley Cunningham - Jumeau Photography

Student's-eye-view of the Glasgow gay scene

Starting university can be a daunting experience, even more so if you find yourself jumping headfirst into the LGBT scene of a new city. Luckily, uni is a great place to meet some brand new queer pals. Charlotte Runcie gives you the lowdown on the best places to start embracing gay student life


A collective run by women and hosting a series of live events, TYCI (that’s Tuck Your Cunt In) are responsible for a club night at Bloc on the third Saturday of the month and various one-off event collaborations. Go along for a woman-focused, alternative atmosphere, watch cool lady bands and pick up one of their intriguing zines. It’s one of several alternative queer nights in Glasgow to look out for, all focusing on creativity and collaboration. There’s something for everyone, and people are welcome just to come and watch too.

Hot Mess

Regular dance party for queer folk and their friends, promising that ‘you don’t have to be queer to come to Hot Mess, but if you’re not, you probably will be by the time you leave’. There’s always a fairly large student contingent and it’s especially popular with gay men, with resident DJ Simonotron spinning house, disco, techno and other bits and pieces. Visuals come in the form of what organisers describe as ‘a non-stop psychedelic-erotic video showreel featuring dancing robots making love to the 1980s in space’. Which is a nice touch.
The Poetry Club, 100 Eastvale Place, Glasgow, G3 8QG, 0141 357 7246

Lock Up Your Daughters

LUYD is a magazine, film-making collective, and host of the odd straight-friendly queer bash held at the Flying Duck in Glasgow, claiming to ‘bring the fags and lesbags together for blazing dance party joy’. Check the website for upcoming events and plenty of disco.


Despite running under the tagline ‘your guilty little secret’, AXM won’t make you feel guilty at all: it’s tolerant and welcoming of all sorts of folk.
80 Glassford Street, Glasgow, G1 1UR, axmgroup.co.uk, 0141 552 5761


Glasgow plays host to Scotland’s big annual celebration of LGBT culture, always featuring great nights out, music, theatre, art, comedy (including sets from Vikki Stone and Craig Hill), poetry with Jackie Kay, and a special screening of The Wizard of Oz accompanied by the RSNO performing the soundtrack and score. The festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, so it should be a bumper celebration.
Various venues, 9 Oct–9 Nov 2013, glasgay.co.uk

(With special thanks to Eilidh Hollow of Glasgow Caledonian LGBT Society)

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