Significant people


A brief and random selection of significant people with local connections, who are LGBT or who have influenced our lives.

  • Burchill, Julie (1959- )
    Controversial journalist and writer
  • Dillon, Michael (born Laura) (1915-62)
    The world’s first person to complete gender reassignment surgery; lived in Bristol at the time surgery began.
  • Fanthorpe, UA (1929-2009)
    Poet and academic
  • Hamilton, Mary (1721 – ? )
    18th century lesbian who married several women while posing as a man
  • Hayward, Rob (1949 – )
    Gay activist and former Bristol MPAnnie Kenney 1879-1953
  • Kenney, Annie (1879–1953)
    Leading Suffragette, Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) organiser in Bristol 1907-11.
  • Lucas, Matt (1974- )
    TV comedian, co-writer and performer of Little Britain
  • Miles, Frank (1852-1891)
    Head and shoulders portrait of a handsome man about 30, with a bushy moustacheFriend of Oscar Wilde and possibly his first male lover
  • Needham, Angela (c. 1945- )
    Minister to the first gay Christian church in Bristol
  • Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
    Oscar Wilde never lived in Bristol, however he had friends in the city and was a frequent visitor.
  • Pollard, Vicky (1993- )
    Single mother and TV personalityMark Ravenhill playright
  • Ravenhill, Mark (1966- )
    Playwright and journalist who studied at Bristol
  • Redgrave, Michael (1908–1985)
    Bisexual actor, father of the Redgrave acting dynastyMichael Redgrave actor 1908-1985
  • Renault, Mary (1905-1983)
    Novelist whose works had a large gay following
  • Richards, Aled (1956/7–1985)
    One of the first people in Bristol to die of AIDS-related illness; Bristol’s first support organisation for people with HIV was named in his memory.
  • Sjöö, Monica (1938-2005)
    Swedish-born artist, writer and feminist who became one of the visionaries of the Goddess movement.John Addington Symonds 1840-1893 writer historian
  • Symonds, John Addington (1840-93)
    Bristol writer, art historian and forerunner of the 20th century liberation movements. His pioneering work to free homosexuality from religious and moral distortions are of world significance.
  • Wakefield, Dale (1941-2020)
    The founder of Bristol Gay Switchboard in 1975
  • Williams, Stephen (1966- )
    Bristol’s first openly gay MP

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