9 July 2022 – OutStories at Bristol Pride

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May 102022
 

Logo with words "Bristol Pride" on a red backgroundAfter welcoming an incredible 40,000 people to The Downs in 2019, Bristol Pride Day is back!

OutStories will be there with a stall in the Community AreaCome and say hello!

Saturday 9th July 2022,  11am on
The Downs, Westbury Park, Bristol
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Not only is Bristol Pride one of the largest UK Pride events, it’s one of Bristol’s largest festivals, and named in the Top50 World Pride events in 2018 & 2019.

Buy your Pride Day Supporter Wristband now! Bristol Pride is a not for profit charity and every penny from supporter wristbands goes to make Pride happen.

See you there!

Table with OutStories posters and leaflets

25 Jun 2022 – Bristol Pride harbour boat tour

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May 102022
 

Small bright yellow and blue ferry boat sailing along Bristol harbour with multi-coloured terraced houses in the backgroundCome cruising with Pride!

To mark the 50th Anniversary of the first Pride marches in the UK join Bristol Pride and Outstories Bristol for Bristol’s first ever LGBT+ History tour on water!

Taking you across the historical harbourside of Bristol, tour guides from Outstories Bristol will share insights into Bristol’s LGBT+ history drawing on the surrounding areas and sights you will see during this one hour tour aboard a Bristol Ferry boat.

Saturday 25 June 2022. 1pm to 2pm
Tour starts from Cascade Steps, Narrow Quay
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£10 + £1.29 booking fee. Booking is essential and spaces are limited. Book via Bristol Pride. SORRY – SOLD OUT

5 April 2022 – work group meeting

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Mar 312022
 

Two people looking at documentsOur next work group meeting to develop our ideas and activities is:

Tuesday 5th April 2022, 6:30pm

Like to get involved?

  • Research LGBTQ+ sub-groups and the stories of local organisations.
  • Explore Bristol Archives and other local resources.
  • Collect peoples’ memories using oral history.
  • Make our audio recordings more accessible.
  • Add these stories to the OutStories website and ‘LGBT+ Life’ map.
  • Develop our social media.

This is an in-person meeting in Bedminster.

Contact us via this webform or email contact@outstoriesbristol.org.uk and we’ll let you know the location. Everyone welcome.

16 Feb 2022 – An Anglo-American love story

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Jan 152022
 
Two men in open-necked shirts walking along a street and laughing

Courtesy: American Museum in Britain

In this online talk, Bristol historian Andrew Foyle tells the story of a remarkable gay couple and the museum they founded – the American Museum & Gardens in Bath.

Dallas Pratt was the grandson of a US oil magnate with a thirst for learning and access to a vast fortune. John Judkyn was a middle-class Midlander, furniture restorer and antique dealer with impeccable taste.

From their chance meeting in 1937 until John’s tragic early death, their love and lives embodied a passion for collecting which inspired them to create the American Museum in Britain at Claverton Manor near Bath.

Wednesday 16th February 2022, 7pm to 8pm

This free online talk is hosted by Bristol’s M Shed Museum in partnership with the American Museum & Gardens and OutStories Bristol.

Pre-booking is essential. For full details and to book your ticket click this link to M Shed’s website.

Although it is free, M Shed would be grateful if you make a donation when booking.

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February 2022 – LGBT History Month in the West

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Jan 072022
 
Hand painting a rainbow and text "LGBT+ 2022"February is LGBT History Month!

Bristol’s M Shed Museum in conjunction with OutStories Bristol are presenting a series of exciting online talks to celebrate our achievements and stories. These free talks will be held over Zoom. Pre-booking is essential.

 

A smiling young woman (Qiuyan Chen) with face cupped in hands and elbows resting on a flower bed painted with trans and LGB coloursSaturday 12th February 2022, 11am to 12 noon
Free online talk: From China to UK, Qiuyan Chen’s journey as a LGBTQ+ activist
What’s the situation for LGBTQ+ people in China? How do queer Chinese rethink their intersectional identities? How can the community mobilise to promote cross-cultural connections?

Two men in open-necked shirts walking along a street and laughing

Wednesday 16th February 2022, 7pm to 8pm
Free online talk: An Anglo-American love story
Bristol historian Andrew Foyle tells the story of a remarkable gay couple, Dallas Pratt and John Judkyn, and the museum they founded – the American Museum & Gardens in Bath.

Thursday 17th February 2022, 1pm to 2pm
Pen drawing of Allan Gordon aged 15 wearing male trousers and jacketFree online talk: Allan Gordon, a ship’s boy
Norena Shopland tells the extraordinary story from 1902 of a 15-year-old sailor, Allan Gordon, who was arrested in Bristol when it was discovered they were female.

But what was the real reason for his arrest? The press were determined to find out just who Allan was and why they had gone to sea.

Woodblock print of male actor in flowing gown performing a female character in kabuki theatreThursday 24th February 2022, 7pm to 8pm
Free online talk: Girls on stage
Cheryl Morgan takes us on a tour of some of the queerest moments of theatre with men taking female parts in plays from Classical Greece through to Shakespeare and beyond.

What did this cross-dressing mean to those who performed these roles – and to those who watched them. Has the theatre always been gay? Or trans?

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Other events in the region for LGBTQ+ History Month:

Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th February 2022,  2:30pm/7:30pm     Northcott Theatre, Exeter
Theatre:  The Beat of Our Hearts
A tender and poignant exploration of loneliness and belonging as experienced by LGBTQIA+ people.

Saturday 19th February 2022,  2pm-3pm     Online
Talk:  Same Sex Love, 1700–1957: History and Research Sources for Family Historians
Gill Rossini discusses the challenges of researching same sex relationships in family history.

Saturday 19th February 2022, 4pm-5:30pm    Arnolfini, Bristol
Documentary film: Rebel Dykes (certificate 18)
A rabble-rousing documentary set in 1980s post-punk London. The unheard story of a community of dykes who met doing art, music, politics and sex, and how they went on to change their world.


See the LGBT+ History Month website for more events around the country.

12 Feb 2022 – From China to UK, Qiuyan Chen’s journey as a LGBTQ+ activist

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Dec 242021
 
A smiling young woman (Qiuyan Chen) with face cupped in hands and elbows resting on a flower bed painted with trans and LGB colours

Qiuyan Chen

What’s the situation for LGBTQ+ people in China? How do queer Chinese rethink their intersectional identities, especially during the pandemic in the UK? How can the community mobilise to promote cross-cultural connections?

Qiuyan Chen is a passionate LGBTQ+ activist and artist. Born and raised in Mainland China, Qiuyan came to UK in 2018 and is now a London School of Economics (LSE) Gender Alumni and co-curated the 2021 Queer Chinese Community Art Festival. She initiated campaigns in China which called for equality: ‘Say No to Homophobic Textbooks’ and ‘All Teachers out for LGBTQ+’.

Saturday 12th February 2022, 11am to 12 noon

This free online talk is hosted by Bristol’s M Shed Museum in partnership with OutStories Bristol.

Pre-booking is essential. For full details and to book your ticket click this link to M Shed’s website.

Although it is free, M Shed would be grateful if you make a donation when booking.

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17 Feb 2022 – Allan Gordon, a ship’s boy

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Dec 242021
 
Pen drawing of Allan Gordon aged 15 wearing male trousers and jacket

Allan Gordon

In 1902 a 15-year-old sailor, Allan Gordon, was arrested in Bristol on a charge of ‘wandering about without visible means of subsistence’.

This was odd because Allan’s ship had only just docked and he was collecting his wages at the Board of Trade offices so was neither wandering about nor without subsistence. So, what was the real reason for his arrest?

When the ship’s crew had to undergo a compulsory medical check, Allan had refused and was then ‘compelled to admit her sex’. Once the press got hold of the story, they were determined to find out just who Allan Gordon was and why they had gone to sea.

Speaker: Norena Shopland, an author/historian who specialises in LGBT+ history and Welsh heritage.

Thursday 17th February 2022, 1pm to 2pm

This free online talk is hosted by Bristol’s M Shed museum in partnership with OutStories Bristol.

Pre-booking is essential. For full details and to book your ticket click this link to M Shed’s website.

Although it is free, M Shed would be grateful if you make a donation when booking.

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24 Feb 2022 – Girls on stage

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Dec 242021
 
Woodblock print of male actor in flowing gown performing a female character in kabuki theatre

Bristol Museums

From Classical Greece through to Shakespeare and beyond, restrictions on women appearing in the theatre have resulted in men taking female parts in plays.

What did this cross-dressing mean to those who performed these roles, and to those who watched them. Has the theatre always been gay? Or trans?

Cheryl Morgan takes us on a tour of some of the queerest moments of theatre, including some of the latest research about the people who played female roles for Shakespeare.

Thursday 24th February 2022, 7pm to 8pm

Speaker: Cheryl Morgan, formerly co-chair of OutStories Bristol and a regular speaker on the LGBTQ+ History Month circuit.

This free online talk is hosted by Bristol’s M Shed museum in partnership with OutStories Bristol.

Pre-booking is essential. For full details and to book your ticket click this link to M Shed’s website.

Although it is free, M Shed would be grateful if you make a donation when booking.

Image: Actor Segawa Kikunojo III as Fox Okiku, 1782 by Katsukawa Shunsho (1726-1793).
Japanese woodblock print, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.

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15 to 21 Nov 2021 – Trans Pride South West

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Nov 042021
 

Logo with pink white and blue stripes forming a heart on a purple backgroundTrans Pride South West have a week-long programme of events in Bristol celebrating gender diversity including:

  • spoken and written word evening at the Watershed,
  • comedy night at Zed Alley,
  • fashion show,
  • remembrance vigil.

The week culminates on Saturday 20th with a protest march against gender-based abuse and violence, a Community Day at The Station (Silver Street) and an Afterparty.

OutStories Bristol will have a stall at the Community Day. Come and say ‘hello’.

Website: https://tpsw.co.uk/tpsw-2021/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/985474265517639/

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18 Nov 2021 – “Beloved friends”: Researching LGBTQ history at Bristol Archives

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Oct 032021
 
Street parade with two men carrying a banner with wording "Lesbian and gay Pride West '94 festival".

Pride West Festival c.1994.
Credit: Bristol Archives 45120/Ph/1

Join Mark Small from Bristol Archives as he examines documents and collections that help us understand the lives of LGBTQ people in the city over several centuries.

Thursday 18 November 2021,  2pm-3pm

This free, online talk will be held over Zoom. See more details and book your place on this Bristol Museums webpage.

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4 Oct 2021 – talk by Tom Sapsford and OutStories AGM

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Sep 082021
 

OutStories Bristol in collaboration with the University of Bristol Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition (IGRCT) present the 8th John Addington Symonds Annual Lecture (online event).

Monday 4th October 2021, 7pm to 8pm

Unfortunately our original guest speaker, Nancy Rabinowitz, is unable to present her lecture “Classics and Social Justice: A contradiction in terms?”. Instead we are delighted to welcome Tom Sapsford.

Tom Sapsford  –  The Song of the Cinaedus: Deviant Performers in Ancient Rome

Rear view of bronze statue of naked young man, arms curled above head and posturing his buttocksSide view of bronze statue of naked young man, arms curled above head and posturing his buttocks
The cinaedus is a man noted in classical literature for his effeminacy and voracious (homo)sexual appetites. Often used as a slur in invective Latin poetry and graffiti to lambast the masculinity of named individuals, this talk explores how an array of ancient Mediterranean sources presents the cinaedus as a specific type of performer, whose signature song and dance appear to be as racy and challenging as the social behaviours so often ascribed to him.

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Tom Sapsford

Tom Sapsford is Assistant Professor in the Department of Classical Studies, Boston College. His research focuses on ancient Greek and Roman performance cultures, classics and the history of sexuality, dance in classical antiquity and its receptions.

This is an online event and prior registration via this Zoom link is required.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a link enabling you to join the meeting.

OutStories Bristol AGM

The talk will be preceded by the AGM of OutStories Bristol (very brief!). Members of OutStories will receive a separate email with reports.


The talk is an annual celebration of the life of John Addington Symonds (1840-1893), Bristol-based writer, art historian and pioneer of homosexual rights.

This event is held by OutStories Bristol in collaboration with the University of Bristol Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition (IGRCT). Our thanks to the IGRCT for hosting this event.

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

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16 Sep 2021 – From Avon to Nile: The adventurous life of Amelia Edwards

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Sep 032021
 
Facade of building with huge stone columns with faces supporting an ornately painted stone roof.

Painting of the Temple of Hathor, Dendera

As a best-selling novelist, and a bold and witty travel writer, Amelia Edwards was a household name.

At age 50, inspired by a Nile journey from Cairo to Upper Egypt, she embarked on a new career to promote archaeology and conservation. She co-founded the Egypt Exploration Fund and packed lecture halls on both sides of the Atlantic. She brought to vivid life the bygone world of Ancient Egypt; often using her talks to subtly promote women’s rights.

Facade of building with huge stone columns with faces supporting an ornately painted stone roof.

Amelia Edwards in 1890
(Wikimedia)

Edwards lived for 27 years in Westbury-on-Trym, with her friend Ellen Braysher. A committed feminist, she was vice-president of the Bristol and West of England Society for Women’s Suffrage. At some time in the 1860s, she secretly married her lover Ellen Byrne in Horfield church, with the blessing – literally – of Ellen’s clergyman husband, who conducted the marriage ceremony.

A free online talk will be held over Zoom. The talk will be given by Dr Margaret Jones. Margaret’s new book about Amelia Edwards, Lady of the Nile, has recently been accepted for publication by Bloomsbury.

Thursday 16 September 2021,  6pm to 7:30pm

Registration is required – book your place through Bristol Museums. Bookings close at 2pm on Thursday 16 September.

This is a UWE Regional History Centre talk in partnership with M Shed seminar series.

Read this article by Jonathan Rowe about Amelia Edwards and her life in Bristol.

11 Sep 2021 – talk ‘Queer & Indecent’

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Sep 032021
 

As part of the 2021 The Palace International Film Festival, curator Kate Fahy talks to two local queer Bristol artists, Tom Marshman and Cheryl Morgan, for a conversation about queer history, spaces and community.

Further information: https://www.palacefilmfest.org/talks

Saturday 11 September 2021,  12:30pm

Bricks Relay Project Space
St Anne’s House, St Anne’s Road, Brislington, Bristol, BS4 4AB
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Free but reserve a space

10 July 2021 – Bristol Pride Day CANCELLED

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May 212021
 

PARADE AND PRIDE DAY CANCELLED
The Bristol Pride March and Community Day have been cancelled
due to Covid restrictions.

See this Bristol Pride announcement for details.

Bristol Pride logo with suspension bridge, SS Gt Britain and balloons inside a rainbow

OutStories will be at Bristol Pride on Saturday 10th July. We will have a stall in the Community Area so come and say hello!

The format of Pride will be different this year. The Community Area will be at the beginning of the Parade route, giving you the opportunity to interact with organisations before the parade, and return after the parade.

Pride needs your support – so buy a Pride Supporter wristband. See you there!

Saturday 10th July 2021, 10am to 1pm
Castle Park, Bristol, BS1

Table covered with a rainbow flag and leaflets

 

17 June 2021 – Meet the Trans Romans with Cheryl Morgan

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May 202021
 

Sculpted Roman figure of man wearing feminine head dress and gownIt is common to see claims that being transgender is a modern phenomenon, but there is plenty of evidence that gender transition took place in ancient Rome. Cheryl Morgan will look at how and why Romans changed gender, and introduce some who did, including members of the Imperial family.

Cheryl Morgan is a co-chair of OutStories Bristol and a regular speaker on the LGBT+ History Month circuit. As a expert in trans history, she has written for venues such as Notches, History Matters, and the CUCD Bulletin. Her work has also appeared in Introduction to Transgender Studies (Ardel Haefele-Thomas) and the SAGE Encyclopedia of Trans Studies (Abbie E Goldberg & Genny Beemyn).

Thursday 17th June 2021,  7.30pm

A recording of this event is available until Thursday 24th June.
To view, register with HistFest and they will send you a link.

This is an online event organised by HistFest.   Tickets: £5 + 98p fee.
http://histfest.org/meet-the-trans-romans-with-cheryl-morgan/
Book via Eventbrite.

Ticket holders will be sent a link in advance and will have access to the event for 7 days.

26 Feb 2021 – Aberration: Between the Lines

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Feb 212021
 

Rainbow banner and the text "Aberration - Between the Lines"Aberration: Between the Lines will be a lively evening from SpringOut with talks, local oral history, songs, poems and quizzes to celebrate LGBT+ History Month.

This voyage from antiquity to the present day includes:

Cheryl Morgan on trans people in Celtic Britain, Chris Lee on a new Gypsy, Romani and Traveller archive, Norena Shopland launches her Welsh Pride timeline e-mag, Jane Traies speaks about her new book of interviews and contributor Maggy Moyo talks about her own experiences seeking asylum in the UK. Mark Etheridge will tell us about his mission to queer up St Fagan’s National Museum of History. Plus fun contributions from your hosts.

See the full programme: https://www.springout.org.uk/between-the-lines/

Friday 26 February 2021,   7pm to 9:30pm

This is an online event. Register on Eventbrite.
Pay what you can afford (£1 to £5) towards the costs of the event.

The Zoom link will be sent to ticket buyers on the day.

24 Feb 2021 – The Transitioned Empire: Trans Lives in Ancient Rome

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Feb 212021
 

The 'Progress' pride flag comprising the six colours of the original plus white/pink/light blue representing trans people and brown and black for people of colour.The Roman world had, in some ways, far more gender diversity in it than we have today. Also, Romans firmly believed that people could change sex if the gods willed it so.

Cheryl Morgan’s exciting and thought-provoking talk, suitable for all audiences, will cover a variety of trans and intersex characters from the Roman world. We’ll meet the Emperor who wanted to be a woman, the Empress who grew up as a boy, the genius intersex philosopher, eunuchs who grew up as girls and many others, some of whom lived here in the Province of Britannia.

Join The Department of Classics and Ancient History at Durham University for thieir third Annual LGBTHM Public Lecture.

Wednesday 24th February 2021, 6:00 pm to 7:00pm GMT

This is a free online event. Register on Eventbrite. The organiser will send joining details in advance of the event.

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Cheryl Morgan

Cheryl Morgan in Co-chair of OutStories Bristol.

 

25 Feb 2021 – LGBT+ History of Bath – a virtual tour

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Feb 052021
 
A stone tower with a golden cupola surrounded by trees, with a polished granite rectangular box tomb in the foreground

Beckford’s Tower on Lansdown, with his tomb in the foreground, in June 2016

Find out more about the history of Bath’s LGBT+ community, along with the history of local organisations that have offered support and undertaken LGBT+ campaigns in the Bath area.

The virtual tour will take place on 25th February from 6pm to 7pm and will be led by Robert Howes from Gay West.

To register in advance for this webinar visit: https://bathnes.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IHjX-ykcRp-nzf1xQuvZRg

17 Feb 2021 – Charlotte de Beaumont, Chevalière d’Eon: Being trans in the 18th century

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Jan 292021
 
Head and shoulders of an androgynous person in female attire

Portrait of d’Éon by Thomas Stewart (1792)

As part of LGBTQ+ History month, London’s Strawberry Hill House hosts a series of online talks which explore the House, its occupants and our cultural understanding of LGBTQ+ history during the long 18th century.

By any measure, Charlotte de Beaumont, Chevalière d’Eon, had a remarkable life. According to her biography she had been a diplomat, spy and calvary officer in the service of the French Crown. In her retirement in London, she became a professional swordfighter and a feminist. She was known to intellectuals such as Rousseau and Mary Wollstonecraft, and her true gender was the subject of considerable wagers.

Death has not slowed her down. She has given her name to the Beaumont Society, Britain’s oldest support organisation for trans women and cross-dressers. She has even become the star of a Japanese anime series.

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Cheryl Morgan

In this talk, Cheryl Morgan, co-chair of OutStories Bristol, will delve into the story of this trans celebrity and compare the experience of being trans in the 18th Century to today.

Wednesday 17th February 2021 at 7pm

This is an online event. £8 for non-members of Strawberry Hill House. Click here to register.

25 Feb 2021 – Queer: LGBTQ Writing from Ancient Times to Yesterday

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Jan 292021
 

Bookcover with "Queer" in the colours of the rainbowTo celebrate LGBT+ History Month, Bristol Libraries are delighted to be hosting this author event with literary translator, writer and editor Frank Wynne, who will discuss his new book Queer: LGBTQ Writing from Ancient Times to Yesterday in conversation with writer and publisher Cheryl Morgan, co-chair of OutStories Bristol.

Drawing together writing from Catullus to Sappho, from Arthur Rimbaud to Anne Lister and Armistead Maupin, translator Frank Wynne has collected eighty of the finest works representing queer love by LGBTQ authors.

Queer straddles the spectrum of queer experience, from Verlaine’s sonnet in praise of his lover’s anus and Emily Dickinson’s exhortation of a woman’s beauty, to Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel of her coming out, Juno Dawson’s reflections on gender and Oscar Wilde’s ‘De Profundis’.

With stories, poems, extracts and scenes from countries the world over, Queer is an unabashed and unapologetic anthology, which gives voice to those often silenced.

Thursday 25th February 2021, 7pm-8pm

This online event will be hosted on Zoom. Tickets are free! Book via Eventbrite.
Participants will be sent an email the day before with the details for how to access the online event.