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A new weekly meet-up for the LGBTQ+ community – known as a Kiki – has been launched in Inverness

By Imogen James

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Sidney, Jamie, Kirsty, Teresa, Connor, Michael, Carla, Stephen, Katie, Kai and Alex.
Sidney, Jamie, Kirsty, Teresa, Connor, Michael, Carla, Stephen, Katie, Kai and Alex.

Organised by community group Inverness Kiki Family, the meet-up at Bar One allows people of the LGBTQ+ community and allies to come along, make new friends and catch up.

Going forward, a Kiki will take place every Tuesday at 7pm at the Academy Street venue.

Organisers are especially welcoming to people on their own as they want everyone to feel able to go along.

Bar One has always been one of Inverness’s most queer-friendly bars, and has been very supportive of the meet-up. The venue has wheelchair access, and accessible toilets.

Each week will be themed, such as arts and crafts, board games and performances.

One of the organisers, Stephen Doyle, said the launch of the meet-ups was lovely.

He added: “Around 15 people came, we heard the same type of thing that we hear at all our meet-ups: people say they felt it was a safe space to be themselves, and not have to hide or downplay any part of their gender, sexuality or identity.

“People also felt that it was good to be able to talk about certain topics, and actually be heard with sympathy and understanding. People also noted how it was a good opportunity to meet other queer people, which is often a hard thing to do!

“It’s actually been a great summer for the queer community here, as in addition to the work of Inverness Kiki Family, another local organiser Carla Rae has been organising tonnes of LGBTQ+ stuff like brunch socials, bowling, and pub quiz socials.

“So all in all, the LGBTQ+ community here is growing and becoming more visible and confident.”

n To stay up to date, find the group on Instagram: @invernesskikifamily

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