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.

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 ‘Flamingos’

Text 'Lost Spaces' in a blue rectangle overlaying an inverted pink triangleWill Warren, co-host of music podcast Track by Track, reminisces about former Bristol nightclub Flamingos and living by Old Market in a podcast from Lost Spaces, a queer podcast about lost gay venues. Click here for links to podcast.

Everything Is Music project

Magazine cover with head and shoulders image of KylieWere you in the Bristol music scene in the 1970s to 1990s?

Everything Is Music is an exciting project being developed by the team behind Bristol based Crack Magazine to create an interactive map telling the stories of Bristol’s musical cultural history. They are seeking people with memories of queer clubs and music venues. Read more….

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 the 2020 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.


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!
Or 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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