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


Embossed Roman cup showing two naked men, the young man being anally penetrated by the older.Classical erotica … and OutStories AGM!

Historian Jen Grove is to give a talk on Edward Perry Warren (1860-1928) – 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). Read details here.

Her talk will be preceded by OutStories AGM. 7th October, Wills Memorial Building, Bristol, 2:30pm.

OutStories launches map and mobile app

'Mapping LGBT+ Bristol' logo superimposed on a old street map of central Bristol Our new online map and mobile app exploring Bristol’s LGBT+ past is now online. The map uses pictures, oral history recordings, archival documents and personal stories to bring our hidden histories to light.

Go to the map now!
And get the app. Search “Mapping LGBT+ Bristol” on Google Play (Android) or the Apple App store (iTunes).

The map also now appears on Bristol City Council’s website Know Your Place which brings together multiple layers of Bristol’s diverse history.

Wiltshire and Swindon LGBT history

The Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre (the records office for Wiltshire County and Swindon Borough) now have an LGBT history webpage: The Know Your Place map will soon be extended to their area and, because data is shared, the OutStories map can expand to include Swindon, Chippenham, Trowbridge and Salisbury.

Pride of Place

Historic England's 'Pride of Place' image Historic England (formerly known as English Heritage) have teamed up with Leeds Beckett University and community groups nationwide to record and celebrate the places lived, loved, worked and played in by LGBT+ people over the centuries.

See the Pride of Place map. Read their September newsletter here.


Line drawing of sunburst and stars with text "Religion, Belief and Philosophy"Past2Present is the LGBT  History Project’s online magazine packed with informative and thought-provoking articles. The theme of the 2016 edition is ‘Religion, Belief and Philosophy’ and articles include ‘LGBT in Hindu Mythology’, ‘Gene Robinson – First openly gay Anglican bishop’, ‘Lesbianism in Imperial China’, ‘Can we pinpoint the origins of homophobia?’ and ‘A Phallus in Pigtails… David Bowie (1947-2016)’.

Read about Bristol ….. quirky, diverse, educated, historic.

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*LGBT+ means lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender including all gender, sexual, and romantic minorities.