Andy Foyle, a leading local historian and prominent member of OutStories Bristol, has led a number of history walks in central Bristol. Andy says:
In 2009 a friend who knew of my work with OutStories suggested that I develop a walking tour of Bristol city centre based on interesting places in our LGBT history. The first walk was on October 4, 2009, as a social activity for the LGBT choir I was then singing with. It was very successful, with about 35 people turning up. I repeated the walk for LGBT history month in February 2010 and 2011.
We cover lots of stories, from the Georgian pillory, sites of inns where men were caught having sex and later hanged for their crime, to a former tax office which had its doors stoned by a lesbian Suffragette, and the college where the world’s first fully transgendered man studied in the 1940s.
Andy will be leading another walk during LGBT History Month, February 2012 (date to be confirmed).