Glad-to-be-gay-badgeWelcome to the website of OutStories Bristol. We collect and preserve the social history and recollections of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people living in or associated with Bristol, England.  Use this website to tell us your story. Visit our Facebook page.

OutStories Bristol – our next chapter

8380389-old-book-with-copy-space-and-inkstand-isolated-on-whiteOutStories Bristol is developing a new collaborative project with the University of Bristol and Bristol City Council. We are calling this project place.

Continuing the research we started for our Revealing Stories exhibition, this project aims to gather the LGBT story of the Bristol area and create a digital archive accessed via websites. We also plan to produce a mobile app for smartphones. Read about it here.

You can hear more about the project at the Opening our new Chapter event on Saturday 28 February. Come along and get involved!

LGBT History Month is coming!

History Month Logo 2015Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month takes place every year in February and celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community.

OutStories Bristol have organised some events. Our own Cheryl Morgan is giving a talk: A Potted History of Gender Variance at M Shed on Saturday 7th February, followed by our AGM. Robert Howes is giving a talk on the historical role of LGBT voluntary action in the west at Bath Spa University on 11th February, and then leads a LGBT history walk around Bath on the 22nd. On February 14th, Professor Thomas Glave of the University of Warwick gives a reading/talk titled Jamaica, Secrets and Dangerous Sex. Finally, on February 27th historian Josie McLellan of Bristol University tells the surprising story of gay activism in Cold War East Berlin in Glad to be Gay Behind the Wall.

LGBT Bristol have produced a programme of all events in Bristol and Bath, including films each Sunday: Pride (1st). Paris is Burning (8th), Pink Flamingos (15th) and Wigstock the Movie (22nd). See the full list of events here.

Our highly successful Revealing Stories exhibition will be displayed throughout February at the University of Bristol Students’ Union building on Queens Road, Bristol.

ShoutOut Radio logoShoutOut Radio will be featuring LGBT History topics throughout February. ShoutOut can be heard on Thursday evenings 7pm on Bristol Community FM 93.2, 9pm Glastonbury FM 107.1 and 10pm Bradley Stoke FM 103.4. Also available online at and on iTunes.

TransFlag_raising2Bristol raises trans flag

November 20th  was Transgender Day of Remembrance and the Lord Mayor of Bristol raised the trans flag in front of City Hall – the first time Bristol City Council has held a public event aimed specifically at trans people. Read more here.

BLAGS grant gifts portraits to M Shed
Daryn Carter, Peggy Hancock and Dale Wakefield.  Portraits by Malcolm Ashman.

Photo: (c)Matt Seow

We are delighted to announce that Bristol Lesbian & Gay Switchboard have granted a £600 award for OutStories Bristol’s proposal to buy three portraits from Bath artist Malcolm Ashman for donation to Bristol’s M Shed museum. Click here for the story.




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