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.

Inauguration of Michael Dillon LGBT+ lecture series

Side of man's face, perhaps in his mid 30s with beard and moustache and wearing a seaman's cap and shirt.The University of Oxford in partnership with Frontline AIDS is inaugurating a twice-yearly LGBT+ lecture series named after Michael Dillon, the world’s first person known to have successfully transitioned both hormonally and surgically from female to male.

Michael Dillon spent the war years in Bristol and it was here that he began his gender transition.

The lecture series start with an launch event titled LGBT Rights in a Time of Pandemic on Wednesday 18th November 2020,   5:30pm to 7pm. This online event is free and open to everyone. Click here for more details.

2020 John Addington Symonds lecture

A rough line drawing of a reclining female nude with a baby suckling her left breast and two more playing at her right side.Our speaker for this year’s John Addington Symonds Lecture was Dr. Alan Greaves of the University of Liverpool.

His fascinating talk was about a Roman statue now in the World Museum in Liverpool and it’s hidden story of intersexuality.

Your group’s story wanted

An assortment of flyers and posters on a tableAre you involved with a local group?  Bristol Archives want your records to preserve the diverse story of the city and its people. Minutes, flyers, posters, photos, whatever. Find out more here.

Travis Alabanza on blackness and gender non-conformity
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Photo: QX Magazine

It’s Black History Month and we’re starting with performance artist and poet Travis Alabanza exploring blackness and gender non-conformity in the context of growing up in Bristol.

He talks to Sharifa Whitney James and writer and historian Edson Burton, co-founders of Kiki – Bristol’s first visible community for QTIPOC (Queer, Transgender and Intersex People of Colour).

My Queer Quarantine

OutSRainbow-coloured mask to cover mouth and nosetories Bristol want to hear how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected Bristol’s LGBT+ communities. My Queer Quarantine will collect and record your stories.

Contribute however you wish: video, audio, prose, poetry, art. We will post as much as possible on this website for the rest of the community to see. Get sending now!

Recollections of Bristol nightclub ‘Just’

Text 'Lost Spaces' in a blue rectangle overlaying an inverted pink triangleJamie Jamal, the Bristol based lead singer of electronic pick n mix duo This Human Condition remembers Bristol nightclub ‘Just’ in a delightful and amusing podcast from Lost Spaces, a queer podcast about lost gay venues. He also talks about gay club music, growing up gay, coming out and ‘guncles’ (gay uncles). Click here for links to podcast.

OutStories receive grant from Voice and Influence Partnership

Five figures waist up, in silhouette, arms raised and speaking forcefully.The LGBTQ+ Voice and Influence Panel have awarded OutStories Bristol a grant of £250 towards the gathering of oral history. The money will allow us to reimburse the travel costs and other direct expenses of the volunteers who interview and record the stories of local LGBT+ people. Thanks Vip!

Read about the Voice and Influence Partnership. You can become a member and participate in their events and consultations.

Wonderful documentary ‘Talking LGBT+ Bristol’

Bristol’s listings and features magazine Bristol24/7 and Tusko Films have produced a wonderful documentary Talking LGBT+ Bristol. This Heritage Lottery funded video shares the rich heritage of LGBT+ life in Bristol over the last century, with contributors coming from all backgrounds and ages from across the city. It prominently features some OutStories people.

Watch it now!

Explore our map of Bristol’s LGBT+ past

'Mapping LGBT+ Bristol' logo superimposed on a old street map of central Bristol Our online map and mobile app exploring Bristol’s LGBT+ past is 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 appears on Bristol City Council’s website Know Your Place which brings together multiple layers of Bristol’s diverse history.

Finally …. a 5-minute slideshow about OutStories and some of our achievements.

Video for stall at Bristol Pride 2020 from Cheryl Morgan on Vimeo.

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

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