Meeting women who like women

Well, it’s the million dollar question! Whilst there is no definitive answer, here are a few ideas to get you started.

The Scene

A sure-fire place to meet other women is out on the ‘scene', and there are lots of different women's bars or club nights out there. If you live in or near Manchester then you're lucky as it's home to the award winning Vanilla; a women's bar which has proved very popular since its birth in 1998. Coyotes is another great bar popular with the girls because it offers regular sports viewing and themed nights. As well as these bars there are also special women's nights, such as Rapture, a monthly club night that takes place in Whalley Range.

Online

There's lots of websites for women wanting to chat to and date women - the most famous being gaydargirls.com and pinksofa.com. Most will have a subscription fee but look out for free trials or offers. You can then make a profile of yourself, and search to view other women's profiles with similar interests. It's a great way to meet other women in your area,or even the other side of the world!

On many of these websites there will also be discussion forums and information on activities going on for gay women in your area. Remember, don't reveal any information which could expose your identity such as your name and address unless you're sure it's safe, and don't allow anyone to pressure you into revealing anything you're not comfortable with.

If you decide to meet someone then make sure you do it in a public place and that someone knows where you're going and when to expect you back.

Groups

Joining a group is a great way to meet like-minded women and Manchester in particular offers a wide range of social, support and networking groups for all ages, interests and backgrounds. The LGF hosts social and support groups Carousel, Bloomers and Stepping Stones. The LIK:T project is a Manchester-based group supporting 16-25 year old gay and bi women.

There are also many others on offer, from sports groups and youth groups to dining groups. Go here for a list of some of the local groups, or email women@lgf.org.uk for more specific information.