Timeline of LGBT history in Bristol and the West of England


Read about men convicted for ‘unnatural acts’ in the 1700s, lesbian lovers in the 1800s, the first local gay organisations in the 1970s.

Before 1837         – Dying for love : pleasures, perils and punishments

1837 to 1966       – Easing off : the painful path towards liberation

1967 to present   – Building Communities : life since legalisation


More stories from the past

Alan Farr – victim of a Bath witch hunt (1941)
How a police raid on the wartime home of leading photographer Angus McBean led to tragedy.