- Bristol Gay Centre, Gasferry Road
McArthur’s Warehouse in Gasferry Road was home to Bristol’s only gay centre from 1978 to 1983
- Clifton Hill House, Lower Clifton Hill
Home of John Addington Symonds from 1851 until 1877
- Hill Street, Totterdown
Bristol Gay Switchboard was set up in 1975 and operated for the first three years from a house in Hill Street
- Newgate Prison, Newgate
Bristol’s main prison in the 18th century where most of those convicted of homosexual acts before 1820 were imprisoned
- The Pillory, Wine Street/Pithay junction
The pillory was the usual punishment for men convicted of homosexual crimes not punishable by death (as well as other offences) in the 18th century
- Greenleaf Book Shop, 82 Colston Street, BS1 5BB
Founded c. 1983, this was a key ‘alternative’ facility for Bristol promoting green/eco-friendly ideas before they became mainstream, run on radical cooperative principles and always with a sympathetic attitude towards gay and lesbian issues and needs. Several early resources and community groups depended on it for meeting space, office facilities, as a postal address, or simply as an information exchange. It closed in July 2005 having struggled for some years to survive against the onslaught of internet book sales. The co-op members were left with a personal debt of £8,000.
- Michael’s Restaurant, 129 Hotwell Road, BS8 4RU (mid 1970s to c. 1993)
Never exclusively gay, though on many a weekend in the 1980s it might as well have been. The purple-red frontage and flamboyant gold-lettered name were a well recognised Bristol brand. Eating at Michael’s was always fun – large plates of rich food were served in two slightly kitsch rooms overflowing with palms and gilded mirrors, like the private supper rooms of an Edwardian music-hall. The handsome young waiters always caught your eye before you caught theirs.
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