February 2012: LGBT History Month

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Jan 142012

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

OutStories Bristol history walk, February 2011

OutStories Bristol history walk, February 2011

OutStories Bristol are co-ordinating a dozen events including:

  • Three talks focusing on the lives of trans people
  • History walks in Bristol and Bath
  • A concert by our LGBT choir, Sing Out Bristol
  • A cycle tour of locations associated with Bristol’s most pre-eminent gay icon
  • Bristol launch of a book on the history of Gay West
  • The film The Killing of Sister George
  • A talk titled Gay & Lesbian Marriage in Georgian England by Rictor Norton, an internationally respected historian.

All events are listed in activities & events, or download the full programme as a pdf.

Sing Out Bristol choir

Sing Out Bristol

The programme has been compiled by OutStories Bristol in conjunction with Bristol City Council, Bristol Lesbian & Gay Switchboard, CycleOut Bristol, M-Shed, Gay West and Hydra Books.


You can book a place online (or just let us know you’re coming) at Eventbrite.


LGBT History Month website


Bristol LGBT history walks

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Dec 032011

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).

OutStories Bristol history walk, February 2011

OutStories Bristol exhibition display

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Nov 272011

OutStories Bristol have a traveling exhibition display that portrays some LGBT people and places in Bristol. The display has been shown in various locations already including the Bristol Council House, Celebrating Age Festival and Pride Bristol.

Contact us if you would like to see our display at your event or location.

OutStories Bristol display stand at Pride Bristol 2011

‘Move Over Darling’ – theatre performance by Tom Marshman

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Nov 272011
Tom Marshman 'Move Over Darling' poster

Move Over Darling poster (design: Alexander 6)

Local performance artist Tom Marshman premiered ‘Move over Darling‘ at the Arnolfini gallery 19 August 2010, during Pride Bristol week. Based on recorded recollections of local lesbians and gay men, the show took fragments of their stories and wove them into an evocative theatrical performance. He repeated the show at the Bristol Council House during LGBT history month, February 2011.

Tom Marshman writes about the show’s creation.

Read here how Tom developed the show and why these stories are important to tell.

Tom Marshman ‘Inspiring Dialogues’

9 January 2012: Trustees’ planning session

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Nov 272011

Trustees’ planning sessions are where we plan and co-ordinate the activities of OutStories Bristol. These meetings are open to anyone who is interested in developing the activities of the group.

Date: Monday 9 January 2012. 7pm.

Venue: to be confirmed.

‘Gay West’ – a book on LGBT History in Bristol and Bath 1970 to 2010

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Nov 262011

Gay West: Civil Society, Community and LGBT History in Bristol and Bath 1970 to 2010October 2011 saw the publication of a remarkable book ‘Gay West: Civil Society, Community and LGBT History in Bristol and Bath 1970 to 2010’ written by Robert Howes, a member of OutStories Bristol.

The LGBT movement has been active in the Bristol and Bath area since 1970. This book analyses the development of the local movement, focusing on the history of Gay West, a social and support group which, together with its predecessors, the Campaign for Homosexual Equality Bristol Group and Bath Gay Awareness Group, is one of the longest-lasting LGBT organisations in the country.

The book sets Gay West in its local and national context, describing the early commercial gay scene in Bristol and Bath as well as the other LGBT organisations which were set up in the mid-1970s. These included Bristol Lesbian and Gay Switchboard, Bristol Gay Women’s Group,, the Bristol Gay Centre and the Gay Festivals which were the forerunners of today’s Pride celebrations. The story continues through the 1980s, with the battles against HIV/AIDS and Section 28, and then into the 1990s and 2000s, as the modern gay scene developed with its many commercial facilities and specialised LGBT institutions.

Gay West shows how a voluntary group organised itself and interacted with the wider LGBT movement and with political and social developments at the national level. It traces the group’s struggles to establish an identity and create a community for LGBT people, Using examples ranging from discos to police liaison, the author develops his central argument that the tension between political activism and social activities has been instrumental in helping LGBT people find a place in civil society.

Gay West: Civil Society, Community and LGBT History in Bristol and Bath 1970 to 2010
Published by SilverWood Books, ISBN 978-1-906236-75-5, price £12.99.

Available online from SilverWood Books, Gay’s the Word bookstore in London and from good bookshops elsewhere.

Welcome to our website!

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Sep 302011

Come and browse the new website of OutStories Bristol. People, places, and timeline. Tell us your stories and recollections.

Funding applications – help sought!

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Sep 292011

Do you have experience in funding applications? If so we’d like your help!

OutStories Bristol are seeking grants to create a public exhibition telling the stories of LGBT people in Bristol.

If you have experience in writing grant applications, funding bids, arts/cultural administration, training or work with volunteers etc, please let us know. And if you don’t but you are willing to help… please contact us.