Glad-to-be-gay-badgeWelcome to the website of OutStories Bristol. We collect and preserve the social history and recollections of LGBTQ+ people living in or associated with Bristol, England.  Use this website to tell us your story. Visit our Facebook page.

Meet the Trans RomansSculpted Roman figure of man wearing feminine head dress and gown

OutStories Bristol’s Cheryl Morgan will look at how and why Romans changed gender, and introduce some who did, including members of the Imperial family.

Thursday 17 June, 7:30pm.  This is an online event organised by HistFest.
Tickets: £5 + 98p fee.  Book via Eventbrite.

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!

Bookcover of paperback 'The Charioteer' with face of a soldier with helmet and framed photo of two smiling men.Mary Renault’s ‘The Charioteer’ and Bristol

Mary Renault’s ground breaking gay novel The Charioteer published in 1953 is set in a fictionalised Bristol (‘Bridstow’). Local historian Jonathan Rowe has written an excellent article about the author’s time in the city and some of the book’s thinly-disguised Bristol locations in Mary Renault’s ‘The Charioteer’ and Bristol.

Text 'Lost Spaces' in a blue rectangle overlaying an inverted pink triangleDid you go to Horseplay club nights?

k Anderson has published another entertaining interview on Lost Spaces in which he chats to Bernie Hodges, voice artist, actor, and co-host of the What, That Old Queen?! podcast.

Click here for links to podcasts.

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….

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 LGBTQ+ past

'Mapping LGBT+ Bristol' logo superimposed on a old street map of central Bristol Our online map and mobile app exploring Bristol’s LGBTQ+ 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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*LGBTQ+ means lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer, including all gender, sexual, and romantic minorities.
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