Hamburg is an open and welcoming city for LGBTQI communities, and hobbies, clubs and organisations are no exception. Still, it can be fun to just get to know people from your community while taking part in a hobby you love. So, if you're looking to make some LGBTQI connections, why not check out some of these sport and and hobby organisations.
Sporty types can get their move on at Startschuss Hamburg. This long-standing LGBTQI sports club has around 650 members, and hosts a wide variety of groups and teams playing everything from football, badminton, volleyball and table tennis to sailing and rowing. And they're quite successful too: several Startschuss groups compete in high level tournaments.
Always had a fascination with trains? Get on board and prepare to meet fellow enthusiasts at Hamburg’s very own gay train club Schwule Eisenbahnfreunde. Meetings take place at Kulturladen St. Georg on every 3rd Tuesday of the month. Catch up over drinks and snacks and geek out over presentations and demonstrations.
Plenty of good drinks, good food and laughter: the 'hairy bears' of Nordbären Hamburg meet once a month for a friendly catch-up. Further activities include culinary excursions, sauna visits and the legendary Bärenpaadiie XXL: a weekend-long party with local and international 'bears'. At the annual CSD parade, Nordbären are also present with their own party float.
Women with a passion for motorbikes can roar their engines at Dykes on Bikes Hamburg. This lesbian motorcycle club is the first German offshoot of the original San Francisco Dykes on Bikes. The spirit is friendly with activities geared towards doing charity work for Hamburg's rainbow community. Naturally, the Dykes on Bikes are present at events like MoGo, Harley Days, Hamburg Pride Ride and the CSD Parade.