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Bristol’s listings and features magazine Bristol24/7 and Tusko Films have produced a wonderful documentary Talking LGBT+ Bristol. This Heritage Lottery funded video shares the rich heritage of LGBT+ life in Bristol over the last century, with contributors coming from all backgrounds and ages from across the city.

The documentary gives a platform to the LGBT+ community in Bristol, and aims to increase visibility and raise awareness of the love, struggle and change that the community has faced.

Talking LGBT+ Bristol was first shown at previews at the Arnolfini and Watershed, and there were two public screenings on the big screen on Millennium Square as part of Bristol Pride Day, 14th July 2018.

Bristol24/7 are giving the documentary to Bristol Archives as a free resource, and as a teaching resource to local schools, colleges and universities.

Bristol24/7 Managing Director Ben Wright said:

“The real value of this project will be its lasting legacy, and we hope that Talking LGBT+ Bristol will encourage open discussions surrounding LGBT+ issues and gender. It is in the hands of the next generation to continue the fight prejudice wherever it exists.

“At the heart of our social impact agenda are our core values of investment, inspiration and inclusion. Talking LGBT+ Bristol encapsulates these values and hopes to inspire communities and celebrate Bristol’s diversity through storytelling, giving a voice for all.”

If you’d like to hear more about Bristol24/7’s social impact work, their projects and how you can get involved, contact partnerships@bristol247.com.

 

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Beth Asbury – Out in Oxford

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Feb 062018
 

Rainbow-coloured band and two compass pointers Logo with striped rainbow hues inside the letter "Q"In April 2016, a team from the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, was awarded funding by the Arts Council England via the Oxford University Museums Partnership’s Innovation Fund for the creation of the University’s first cross-collections trail, Out in Oxford: An LGBTQ+ Trail of the University of Oxford’s Collections.

The project was a response to a lecture by Professor Richard Parkinson of the Oriental Institute (previously of the British Museum and author of A Little Gay History) which he gave during LGBT History Month that year. The lecture called for more explicit, not implicit, LGBTQ+ representation in museums and can be watched here: https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/great-unrecorded-history-lgbt-heritage-and-world-cultures.

The outcome of the project is a free booklet featuring items from each of the University’s Gardens, Libraries and Museums group (GLAM): the Ashmolean Museum, Bodleian Libraries, Botanic Garden, Museum of the History of Science, Museum of Natural History and Pitt Rivers Museum, and the Bate Collection in the Faculty of Music. The items featured have been identified by the collections’ staff, but the interpretations have all been written by volunteers who identify as LGBTQ+ or allies. Forewords were kindly provided by Richard Parkinson and Stephen Fry. The trail was launched with a series of spectacular and well-attended events co-curated by the project’s volunteers during LGBT History Month 2017. The project was shortlisted for a Museums + Heritage Award and can be accessed here: www.glam.ox.ac.uk/outinoxford.

Beth Asbury is a graduate of Ancient History and Archaeology, and Egyptology from the University of Birmingham. She has worked for the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, Ministry of State for Antiquities in Cairo, and the Pitt Rivers Museum where she worked on several different projects, including Out in Oxford. In January this year, Beth became the Administrative Assistant for the Public Engagement team in the Ashmolean Museum.

Come and hear Beth speak at the LGBT History Day at Bristol’s M Shed Museum. Free entry.

3:00pm to 3:30pm, Saturday 10th February 2018

Studio Rooms, M Shed, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RN
Map                   Getting to M Shed

The Studio Rooms are on the first floor, upstairs from the main entrance. M Shed has wheelchair accessible lifts and accessible toilets.

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Darryl W Bullock – ‘David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music’

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Feb 062018
 

Rainbow-coloured band and two compass pointersMiddle-aged man with beard and moustache and wearing bright floral shirt and sunglassesDescribed as ‘a veritable Bard of the bent, broken and Baroque’ by Andy Partridge (XTC), Darryl W. Bullock is a publisher, editor, and writer specialising in areas including music, the arts and LGBT issues.

Since 1995 he has written excess of 2,500 articles and news stories for publications including The Guardian, The Bath Chronicle, Venue, Folio, Songwriter Magazine, The Spark, The Bath Magazine, My Wiltshire, B-24/7, 3Sixty, The Pink Paper, We Are Family Magazine, The Western Daily Press and The Quietus. He has been profiled in The Guardian, The Sunday Times and GT and has featured on BBC One (The Big Questions), C4 (Come Dine With Me) and on numerous local and national radio and TV programmes.

Darryl is the author of four books: The World’s Worst Records (Volumes 1 and 2), Florence Foster Jenkins: the Life of the World’s Worst Opera Singer (called ‘delightfully cheering’ by bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith in The New York Times), and the acclaimed history of popular music David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music (Duckworth-Overlook, 2017). He posts weekly on his blog, also called The World’s Worst Records.

www.worldsworstrecords.co.uk
www.facebook.com/darrylwbullock

Come and hear Darryl speak at the LGBT History Day at Bristol’s M Shed Museum. Free entry.

1:00pm to 1:30pm, Saturday 10th February 2018

Studio Rooms, M Shed, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RN
Map                   Getting to M Shed

The Studio Rooms are on the first floor, upstairs from the main entrance. M Shed has wheelchair accessible lifts and accessible toilets.

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Bristol 24/7 – exclusive preview of Talking LGBT+ Bristol documentary

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Feb 062018
 

Rainbow-coloured band and two compass pointersLast September Bristol24/7 launched Talking LGBT+ Bristol – a groundbreaking project set to unearth, document and share LGBT+ life and history in Bristol with a wider audience.

The team at Bristol24/7 want to help others access and learn about Bristol’s LGBT+ heritage.

Over the last few months we have been unearthing stories and finding contributors from the Bristol LGBT+ community and beyond. We completed the first phase of filming in December 2017, with the second and third phases of filming to take place in spring this year. The final film will be shown on the big screen in Millennium Square as part of Bristol Pride. Bristol24/7 will make our Talking LGBT+ documentary available for schools to use as an educational tool and the whole project will also be added as a resource to Bristol Archives.

Bristol24/7 will be showing an exclusive short preview of the project so far. We are still looking for contributors and volunteers to be involved in this amazing project and will be on hand at M Shed to answer any questions.

Drop in on Bristol24/7 at the LGBT History Day at Bristol’s M Shed Museum. Free entry.

12:00pm to 4:30pm, Saturday 10th February 2018

Studio Rooms, M Shed, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RN
Map                   Getting to M Shed

The Studio Rooms are on the first floor, upstairs from the main entrance. M Shed has wheelchair accessible lifts and accessible toilets.

Bristol24/7 is a Community Interest Company that provides high-quality, independent news and features by experienced and talented journalists and bloggers. Find out what’s happening across Bristol with news, features and what’s on listings on our website and also in our free monthly print magazine.

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22 Feb 2018 – Stuart Milk speaking in Bristol

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Feb 012018
 

Smiling middle-aged man wearing suit, white shirt and tieStuart Milk, nephew of the iconic civil rights leader Harvey Milk, is to deliver his talk Global LGBT+ Rights and the Power of Your Story in Bristol on Thursday 22nd February.

Stuart is an international human rights activist and youth advocate. He is the co-founder and Executive Chair of the Harvey Milk Foundation.

Thursday 22nd February 2018, 6pm to 7pm

University of Bristol Students Union ‘Anson Rooms’,
The Richmond Building,  105 Queens Road,  Bristol,  BS8 1LN

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The event is hosted by Bristol Students Union in their ‘Richmond Lecture’ series.
It is free and open to everyone – students, university staff, and the public.

Booking required (guest registration required with your email address and a password).

 

1 to 28 Feb 2018 – ‘Revealing Stories’ at Bishopston Library

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Feb 012018
 

OutStories Bristol’s highly successful ‘Revealing Stories’ exhibition is on display at Bishopston Library from 1st to 28th February to coincide with LGBT History Month.

The exhibition is based on archival records and oral history interviews with lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people associated with Bristol and the surrounding area. Focusing on living memory (c. 1940s to the present) it tells how people fought to shape and control their own lives. It is the story of those who witnessed these changes and helped to make history.

Thursday 1st to Wednesday 28th February 2018

Bristol North Baths,  Gloucester Road,  Bishopston,  Bristol,  BS7 8BN

Map       Opening hours and getting there

Please note: this display comprises vertical text panels only; it doesn’t include any of the objects that were in the original exhibition at Bristol’s M Shed during February/March 2013.

 

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25 Feb 2018 – LGBT+ history walk in Bath

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Feb 012018
 

Rainbow-coloured band and two compass pointersCome on a guided walk and find out about some of the LGBT+ history of Bath.

The walk is a little over a mile in length through the centre of the city and lasts about one and a half hours. We will be looking at buildings and places associated with LGBT+ people over the last century. These represent a rich variety of different experiences and show some of the changes which have occurred during that period.

The walk ends back at the starting point, where participants can get tea or coffee in the nearby Pavilion Café. Wear warm clothing, as the group stops en route for explanations about the places we pass.

Walk led by Robert Howes of Gay West. Contact: 07758 810134.

2pm to 3:30pm, Sunday 25th February 2018

Meet by the War Memorial at the Royal Avenue entrance to Royal Victoria Park
Queens Parade, Bath, BA1 2NJ

 

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Historic England – Pride of Place: England’s LGBTQ Heritage

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Jan 312018
 

Rainbow-coloured band and two compass pointersHistoric England is the public body that looks after England’s historic environment. We champion and protect historic places, helping people understand, value and care for them. In our South West office in Bristol we are responsible for giving advice on planning decisions, listing and grant applications for Heritage at Risk for the heritage in the entire south west.

Logo consisting of green red and blue wavy lines with text "Historic England"As part of our national championing of heritage we launched our Pride of Place campaign which aims to uncover and highlight places of LGBTQ heritage across England, ranging from the frontiers of Roman Britain to the gay pubs and clubs that remain important in our lives today.

It also included the creation of an interactive crowd-sourced map that identifies places that are relevant to LGBTQ heritage and history. Members of the public can contribute to this map. In the Bristol office we want to use this campaign to engage more with our local LGBT community.

Historic England will be showcasing Pride of Place at the LGBT History Day at Bristol’s M Shed Museum, and explaining how you can help contribute to this national resource.

12pm to 4:30pm,     Saturday 10th February 2018

Studio Rooms,    M Shed,    Wapping Road,    Bristol,    BS1 4RN
Map                  Getting to M Shed

The Studio Rooms are on the first floor, upstairs from the main entrance. M Shed has wheelchair accessible lifts and accessible toilets.

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Historic England’s Bristol Office

 

 

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Jana Funke – The role of lesbian and bisexual women in the fight for women’s suffrage

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Jan 312018
 
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Jana Funke

Rainbow-coloured band and two compass pointersA hundred years ago, in February 1918, some women won the right to vote in the UK. What role did lesbian and bisexual women play in the fight for suffrage? What contributions did they make to the women’s movement? What problems do we encounter when we try to tell their stories?

It is no longer a secret that a number of women involved in the early twentieth-century women’s movement had sexual and romantic relationships with other women. However, the various and often conflicted ways in which these women responded to, negotiated and shaped suffrage politics – individually and collaboratively – have largely remained obscure.

This talk will focus on Ethel Smyth, Christopher St. John and Radclyffe Hall, three artists and writers who moved in the same social circles and were all, to very different degrees, involved in the campaign for women’s suffrage. Exploring their lives, writings and politics, it seeks to open up debate about the connections between LGBT and feminist histories and politics in the past and present.

Jana Funke is Senior Lecturer in Medical Humanities at the University of Exeter. Her research focuses on modernist literature and culture, the history of sexuality, sexual science and medicine, and feminist studies and queer theory.

Come and hear Jana speak at the LGBT History Day at Bristol’s M Shed Museum. Free entry.

12:30pm to 1:00pm, Saturday 10th February 2018

Studio Rooms, M Shed, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RN
Map                   Getting to M Shed

The Studio Rooms are on the first floor, upstairs from the main entrance. M Shed has wheelchair accessible lifts and accessible toilets.

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Ethel Smyth

 

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Tom Marshman – LGBT+ audio tours of M Shed

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Jan 312018
 

Rainbow-coloured band and two compass pointersTom Marshman is launching his new audio tours of M Shed; they will be Mp3 players encased in vintage matchboxes he has collected. Tom has spent many years recording the stories of Bristol’s Older LGBT people, developing verbatim theatre, and wanted to do something more with them, finding a place where they can be permanently. They are tales of jeopardy, injustice and celebration and indulgence! The sound tours are a collaboration with sound artist Rowan Evans.

Six images of matchboxes held by a handThe idea to put the audio devices in a match box came from one of the stories about a man who met his life partner when he ran out of matches and asked a stranger for a light!

Tom says “It is really exciting for me to have a piece of work that will be a permanent part of the exhibition, so people can request the Mp3 players at the front desk whenever they like and hear the rich everyday stories of Older LGBTQ people living in Bristol.”

It will add a new queer reading on many of the objects that are part of the collection that visitors have become familiar with.

Audiences will be able to walk around the museum and hear the stories that relate to objects in the collection. For example you can listen to how one man fell in love with a bus driver as you sit on the double decker bus that is in M-shed.

Alongside that, Tom will be talking about his new show he is developing and that will premiere in September 2018 in Bristol and that is focused around life in Britain in the 1950’s before decriminalisation of homosexuality.

Come and hear Tom at the LGBT History Day at Bristol’s M Shed Museum. Free entry.

12:00pm to 12:30pm, Saturday 10th February 2018

Studio Rooms, M Shed, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RN
Map                   Getting to M Shed

The Studio Rooms are on the first floor, upstairs from the main entrance. M Shed has wheelchair accessible lifts and accessible toilets.

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Expressing Sex – an informal workshop for young people 16-25

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Jan 312018
 

Rainbow-coloured band and two compass pointersHow did people in the past express their sexuality and gender? What can a photograph from the nineteenth century, scientific data from the 1900s, a statue from the ancient world, or a novel written by someone in the 1920s tell us about sexuality and gender in the past? How did people living decades and centuries ago make sense of their own “identities”? How do people today think and speak about sexuality and gender, and how might looking to history help us to express ourselves now?

Come and join historians, literary scholars and sexual health experts to explore objects, photos, memoirs, films and fiction, and find out more about the history of identity, gender, sexuality and science.

Everyone aged 16-25 is welcome, whether or not you identify as LGBT+.

For more information and to register your attendance for this workshop please contact: rethinkingsexology@exeter.ac.uk.
Or just drop in on the day!

Time: 2-4pm – please note this is an informal drop in session, so come anytime!

This session is run by researchers from the University of Exeter (Dr Jen Grove, Dr Ina Linge and Dr Jana Funke) affiliated with the Rethinking Sexology and Sex & History projects.

Part of the LGBT History Day at Bristol’s M Shed Museum. Free entry.

2pm to 4pm,  Saturday 10th February 2018

Studio Rooms, M Shed, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RN
Map                   Getting to M Shed

The Studio Rooms are on the first floor, upstairs from the main entrance. M Shed has wheelchair accessible lifts and accessible toilets.

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Statuette of Athena

      Brush-line drawing of a young androgynous face with text "Memoirs of a Man's Maiden Years"

 

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Cheryl Morgan – The Amazons

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Jan 292018
 

Rainbow-coloured band and two compass pointersThanks to the Wonder Woman movie, Amazons are all over popular culture right now. Even the British Museum is getting in on the act, with their Scythians exhibition.

The historical people on whom the Amazon myth is based were almost certainly Scythians or some related tribe of horse warriors. But were they lesbians, living in an all-female society? Was their home a Paradise Island somewhere in the Mediterranean? Were there trans women among the Amazons?

As always, the past is far more queer than most people think.

Middle-aged smiling woman with long flowing ginger hairCheryl Morgan is a science fiction critic and publisher. She is the owner of Wizard’s Tower Press and the Wizard’s Tower Books ebook store. Previously she edited the Hugo Award winning magazine, Emerald City (Best Fanzine, 2004). She also won a Hugo for Best Fan Writer in 2009.

She is a Co-Chair of OutStories Bristol and lectures regularly on both trans history and science fiction and fantasy literature.

Come and hear Cheryl speak at the LGBT History Day at Bristol’s M Shed Museum. Free entry.

2:00pm to 2:30pm, Saturday 10th February 2018

Studio Rooms, M Shed, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RN
Map               Getting to M Shed

The Studio Rooms are on the first floor, upstairs from the main entrance. M Shed has wheelchair accessible lifts and accessible toilets.

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Justin Bengry – Does the relationship between homosexuality and capitalism have a history?

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Jan 292018
 

Rainbow-coloured band and two compass pointers Conventional wisdom maintains that the pink economy, generally defined as the purchasing power of gay men and lesbians, only emerged from the era of Gay Liberation. And while an increasing variety of openly gay-oriented newspapers, magazines, clubs, and bars appeared throughout the 1970s and 1980s, it was not until the 1990s that terms like the ‘pink pound’, ‘pink dollar’, or ‘pink economy’ gained a foothold in marketing theory, criticism, and texts.

But the ‘discovery’ of the gay and lesbian market in the last few decades has in fact obscured a long history of dynamic relationships between business enterprise, (queer) consumers, and the ‘selling’ of queerness and homosexuality throughout the entire twentieth century.

Justin Bengry is Lecturer in Queer History at Goldsmiths, University of London.Smiling man about 40 with short beard and black spectables

He is an experienced historian, researcher and author of numerous publications in journals, edited collections and international newspapers. He has more than a decade of experience writing and speaking about gender & sexuality, social & cultural history, capitalism & consumer culture, media & travel.

Come and hear him speak at the LGBT History Day at Bristol’s M Shed Museum.  Free entry.

3:30pm to 4:00pm,     Saturday 10th February 2018

Studio Rooms,    M Shed,    Wapping Road,    Bristol,    BS1 4RN
Map                  Getting to M Shed

The Studio Rooms are on the first floor, upstairs from the main entrance. M Shed has wheelchair accessible lifts and accessible toilets.

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10 Feb 2018 – LGBT History Day at Bristol’s M Shed

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Jan 212018
 

Rainbow-coloured band and two compass pointersOutStories Bristol is once again partnering with the M Shed Museum to bring you a packed day of talks and activities centred around LGBT History.  Entry is free.

Saturday 10th February 2018,  12pm to 4:30pm

Studio Rooms,    M Shed,    Wapping Road,    Bristol,    BS1 4RN
Map                  Getting to M Shed

The Studio Rooms are on the first floor, upstairs from the main entrance. M Shed has wheelchair accessible lifts and accessible toilets.

Timetable:

12:00 – 12:30   Tom Marshman launching his new LGBT+ audio tour of M Shed’s collections
12:30 – 13:00   Jana Funke – The role of lesbian and bisexual women in the fight for women’s suffrage
13:00 – 13:30   Darryl W Bullock on his book David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music
13:30 – 14:00   Lunch break
14:00 – 14:30   Cheryl Morgan – The Amazons
14:30 – 15:00   Jonathan Cooper – What is the most effective way to secure LGBT+ rights?
15:00 – 15:30   Beth Asbury – Oxford University’s Out in Oxford project
15:30 – 16:00   Justin Bengry – Does the relationship between homosexuality and capitalism have a history?
16:00 – 16:30   Wrap session

14:00 – 16:00   Expressing Sex – an informal drop-in workshop for Young People (16 to 25)

Speakers:

Young man peeping from behind a rainbow-coloured curtainTom Marshman will be unveiling his new LGBT audio guide to M Shed. Tom is an artist based in Bristol. He actively encourages a dialogue with audiences and participants aiming to create a safe space to share their thoughts and experiences. The results give very evocative authentic glimpses into everyday things. Read more …

Face and shoulders of Jana, about 30s, long dark hair and light blue blouse. 2018 is the year in which we celebrate the 100th anniversary of some British women finally getting the vote. Dr Jana Funke from the University of Exeter explores the role of lesbian and bisexual women in the fight for suffrage in the 1910s. What do we know about lesbian and bisexual suffragettes and suffragists? Were they accepted or marginalised in the movement? What did well-known LGBT authors, such as Radclyffe Hall or Virginia Woolf, make of the suffragettes? Can this history inform debates about the relation between LGBT politics and feminism today? Read more ….

Middle-aged man with beard and moustache and wearing bright floral shirt and sunglassesBristol’s Darryl W Bullock will talk about his recent book, David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music, and how LGBT+ people have been central to the history of popular music. The book has been described as ‘a sweeping overview of LGBT musicians… well-researched and brimming with intrigue’ (Kirkus Reviews) and ‘an invaluable resource for anyone interested in LGBT or musical history’ (Lambda Literary). Read more ….

Middle-aged smiling woman with long flowing ginger hairCheryl Morgan, Co-Chair of OutStories Bristol, Director of The Diversity Trust and Ujima Radio presenter, will talk about the Amazons. Was there really a queendom of warrior women in the ancient world, and if so were they lesbians? Read more …

Head/shoulders of middle-aged man wearing suit and red tieJonathan Cooper OBE, Human Rights specialist with experience before English and International courts and tribunals, asks, should the guarantee of our rights depend upon the outcome of a referendum? The people can give, as they did in Ireland and Australia, but they can also take away. That’s what happened in Slovenia and Slovakia. As we reflect upon the struggle for LGBT+ equality, what is the most effective way to secure our rights?

Logo with striped rainbow hues inside the letter "Q"Whilst working for the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, Beth Asbury led the Out in Oxford project, creating, with the help of community volunteers, a trail of LGBTQ+ items across the University’s museums and collections. She will talk about some of those items and how they illuminate LGBTQ+ culture around the world and though history. Read more ….

Smiling man about 40 with short beard and black spectablesDoes the relationship between homosexuality and capitalism have a history? Justin Bengry, Lecturer in Queer History, Goldsmiths, University of London, will discuss his work on the history of the Pink Pound, demonstrating that it goes back much longer than we thought.  Read more …

Exhibitors:

Historians and literary scholars from the University of Exeter will be running ‘Expressing Sex’, a drop-in workshop for young people exploring history, identity, gender, sexuality and science. This is part of their Rethinking Sexology and Sex & History projects, which you can also learn more about at their stall on the day.  Read more …

Historic England will be showcasing their online map of LGBT+ history Pride of Place and explaining how you can help contribute to this national resource.  Read more ….

Bristol24/7 will show an exclusive preview of their Talking LGBT+ Bristol documentary that will be premiered at this year’s Pride. Read more …..

No Stone Unturned will be previewing their plans for a mobile app game based on Bristol’s LGBT+ history.

Bristol Pride, LGBT Bristol, Freedom Youth and OutStories Bristol will be on hand to talk about their work.

…. and on film:

Watershed and Queer Vision present a preview of A Fantastic Woman by Chilean director Sebastián Lelio, a life-affirming gem about a young transgender woman struggling to live with her grief after the death of her lover and the prejudice she suffers.
Watershed, Saturday 10th February, 18:10.

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2 to 29 October 2017 – ‘Revealing Stories’ at Bristol Central Library

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Oct 082017
 

OutStories Bristol’s highly successful ‘Revealing Stories’ exhibition is on display at Bristol Central Library from 2nd to 29th October 2017 to coincide with the Journey to Justice events being held in the city..

The exhibition is based on archival records and oral history interviews with lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people associated with Bristol and the surrounding area. Focusing on living memory (c. 1940s to the present) it tells how people fought to shape and control their own lives. It is the story of those who witnessed these changes and helped to make history.

Monday 2nd to Sunday 29th October 2017

Deanery Road,  Bristol,  BS1 5TL

Map       Opening hours and getting there

 

Please note: this display comprises vertical text panels only; it doesn’t include any of the objects that were in the original exhibition at Bristol’s M Shed during February/March 2013.

 

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1 Oct 2017 – Stonewall Season Community Action Day in Bristol

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Sep 242017
 

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OutStories Bristol will have a stall at the Stonewall Bristol Community Action Day.

Sunday 1st October 2017,  1:30pm to 5pm

Engine Shed, Station Approach, Bristol, BS1 6QH
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We will be joined by groups and organisations in the Bristol area including Stand Against Racism and Inequality, Black Southwest Network, Freedom Youth, Space Off the Record, Midsomer Norton PrideUniversity of Bath Kaleidoscope, Bristol Mind MindLine Trans+, University of Bristol LGBT SocietyIntersectional Feminist Society, Bristol 24/7, LGBT Bristol, Diversity Trust and Outstories Bristol and more.

The afternoon includes speakers and activities as well as a discussion carousel on different topics and LGBT+ experiences.

Free event; book tickets on the Stonewall webpage.

7 Oct 2017 – Talk “EP Warren’s Classical Erotica” and OutStories AGM

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Sep 132017
 

Jen Grove: EP Warren’s Classical erotica: LGBT+ activism and objects from the past

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Edward Perry Warren

Embossed Roman cup showing two naked men, the young man being anally penetrated by the older.

Detail of Warren Cup, Roman, AD 5-15

Edward Perry Warren (1860-1928) is best known for giving his name to the “Warren Cup”, an ancient Roman goblet with explicit scenes of men having sex together (now in the British Museum). The Classical antiquities Warren collected at the beginning of the twentieth century include many of those we now turn to for visual evidence of homosexual acts in the ancient world.

Drawing on original archive work, this talk will explore how Warren used such artefacts from ancient Greece and Rome to campaign for the acceptance of same-sex relationships in the modern world. Warren was particularly influenced by John Addington Symonds and his Greek-inspired idea of a comradely type of love between highly virile men.

Tapered alabaster pottery vase decorated with two naked men, the older holding the younger's penis.

Alabastron, Greek, 550–535 BCE

This talk will also explore some of the problems of looking to Warren, the objects he collected, and the type of ancient relationship he was inspired by – between older and younger partners – for LGBT+ activism and education today.

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Photo of Jen Grove, a young woman with long hairDr Jen Grove is an Engaged Research Fellow in the Centre for Medical History at the University of Exeter. She is currently employed on a Wellcome Trust-funded project ‘Rethinking Sexology: The Cross-Disciplinary Invention of Sexuality: Sexual Science Beyond the Medical, 1890-1940’. She is the editor of a forthcoming book Sculpture, Sexuality and History: Encounters in Literature, Culture and the Arts from the Eighteenth Century to the Present (Palgrave, 2017, with Jana Funke). Jen works closely with LGBT+ activists and support groups, as well as museums, schools, youth workers and health practitioners to explore how artefacts from the past can get people talking about sex, relationships, gender and sexuality today. She tweets from @jenniferegrove


Saturday 7th October 2017, 2:30pm to 5pm

The Old Council Chamber, Wills Memorial Building, Queens Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ
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The talk will be preceded by the Annual General Meeting of OutStories Bristol (very brief!).

Everyone is welcome to both the AGM and talk. Admission and refreshments are free but a small donation towards the running costs of OutStories Bristol would be appreciated. Please book on Eventbrite.

The Old Council Chamber is on the first floor of the Wills Memorial Building – go up the main stairs and turn right.

Disabled parking is on the left side of the building with a lift to the first floor.

This is the Fourth Annual John Addington Symonds Celebration event in collaboration with the University of Bristol’s Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition (IGRCT). Our thanks to them for sponsoring this event.

Find out more about the IGRCT on their website; you can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

John Addington Symonds was a Bristol-based writer, art historian and pioneer of homosexual rights.

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14 Nov 2016 – Mapping LGBT+ Bristol project meeting

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Oct 292016
 

Image from flyer showing orange circle with text "Mapping LGBT+ Bristol" superimposed over black and white 1970s photo of inside of Moulin Rouge club in Bristol.Mapping LGBT+ Bristol is developing our permanent online archive of the LGBT+ history of Bristol and the surrounding region. The stories are presented as a map on this website and also on the Know Your Place website provided by Bristol City Council and neighbouring local authorities. The map is also available as a mobile app (Google Play and iTunes).

Activities include:

  • Gathering the stories of LGBT+ people through oral interviews.
  • Research in the Bristol Record Office, libraries and other local archives.
  • Collating and storing the digital material we collect and uploading it to websites.

Activities are co-ordinated at monthly meetings, usually the second Monday of each month. Everyone is welcome. For further information, get in touch via our contact form.

The next meeting is:

Monday 14th November 2016, 6pm to 7:30pm
Hall floor, 39 Royal York Crescent, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4JU
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Door is on promenade level, i.e. raised pavement above road. Bottom doorbell ‘Leigh’.
Meeting room is wheelchair accessible; toilet is not.

No.8 bus from Temple Meads and city centre; ‘Clifton Village’ stop.
Bikes can be brought into building for security.

‘Pay & display’ parking on Regents Street and Princess Victoria Street until 9pm.
Clifton Down and north of Clifton Park: no parking restrictions after 5pm (5 min+ walk).

8 Oct 2016 – talk “Beyond The Well of Loneliness: Reassessing Radclyffe Hall’s Place in LGBTQ History” and OutStories Bristol AGM

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Sep 172016
 
Beyond The Well of Loneliness: Reassessing Radclyffe Hall’s Place in LGBTQ History – a talk by Jana Funke

Bookcover with portrait of Radcliffe Hall with cropped hair and wearing a high-collar shirt and black evening jacketRadclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness (1928) is one of the most famous and widely read lesbian novels. It is also a deeply controversial book that has been celebrated for its defence of homosexual relationships and criticised for its bleak depiction of lesbian love.

This talk will draw on original archival research to take us beyond The Well of Loneliness and open up a new understanding of Radclyffe Hall’s writings and views on gender and sexuality. In particular, it will reassess Hall’s engagement with sexological understandings of sexuality and gender identity, including those articulated by John Addington Symonds and Havelock Ellis, and reconsider her often misunderstood engagement with feminist politics and female sexuality.

Dr Jana Funke is a Lecturer in Medical Humanities at the University of Exeter. She has published numerous chapters and journal articles on the history of sexuality, sexual science, and modernist literature. Books include The World and Other Unpublished Works by Radclyffe Hall (2016), and the co-edited volumes Sex, Gender and Time in Fiction and Culture (2011) and Sculpture, Sexuality and History: Encounters in Literature, Culture and the Arts (forthcoming, 2018).

This is the Third Annual John Addington Symonds Celebration event of the University of Bristol’s Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition (IGRCT).  Our thanks to them for sponsoring this event. Symonds was a Bristol-based writer, art historian and pioneer of homosexual rights.

The talk will be preceded by the Annual General Meeting of OutStories Bristol (very brief!).

Everyone is welcome to both the AGM and talk. Admission and refreshments are free but a small donation towards the running costs of OutStories Bristol would be appreciated. Please book on Eventbrite.

Saturday 8th October 2016, 2pm to 5pm

The Old Council Chamber,  Wills Memorial Building,  Queens Road,  Bristol,  BS8 1RJ
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2pm: coffee/drinks in Room 1.5 (just opposite the Old Council Chamber)
2:30pm: AGM followed by talk by Jana Funke
4.30pm/5pm drinks reception to celebrate the 176th birthday of John Addington Symonds.

The Old Council Chamber is on the first floor of the Wills Memorial Building – go up the main stairs and turn right.

Disabled parking is on the left side of the building with a lift to the first floor.

OutStories Bristol logoThis event is sponsored by the University of Bristol Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition.
Find out more about the IGRCT on their website; you can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

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24 Oct 2016 – Discussion: Ageing in the LGBT Community

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Sep 112016
 

Bookcovers of "Rory's Boys" by Alan Clark and "The Lives of Older Lesbians" by Jane Traies, plus sponsor's logos

What happens to LGBT people when they get old? Do they have to go back in the closet, or has society changed enough to make space for them? This event will include readings from Alan Clark, author of Rory’s Boys, a comedy novel set in a retirement home for gay men, and from Dr. Jane Traies whose historical study, The Lives of Older Lesbians, was published this year.

Alan and Jane will be joined for discussion by Dr. Paul Willis of Bristol University, a researcher in sexuality, ageing and social care, and Berkeley Wilde of The Diversity Trust who has recently completed a study of the health needs of LGBT people in Bristol and the surrounding areas. The event will be chaired by Cheryl Morgan of OutStories Bristol. The event is co-hosted by the Centre for Research in Health and Social Care, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol.

This event is part of the Bristol Festival of Literature. Free admission but please book on Eventbrite.

Monday 24 October 2016,  7pm to 10pm

Lecture Theatre,  Helen Wodehouse Building,  35 Berkeley Square,  Bristol,  BS8 1JA
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The Lecture Theatre is on the ground floor with ramped access from Berkeley Square.