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.


Help sought for an ITV documentary
Selina Julien of ITN is seeking help for an ITV documentary on HIV/AIDS and the parallels/contrasts with the current Covid pandemic.
She would like to contact someone who has lost a partner to HIV/AIDS and another one more recently to Covid. If you wish to help, contact Selina at
October is Black History Month

Two black women cuddling, one with her head in the other's lap.Black History Month is an opportunity to highlight the work and contributions of Black LGBTQ+ people and acknowledge their achievements in both the political and cultural spheres. Read about some Black LGBTQ+ heroes.

OutStories want to hear the stories of local Black LGBTQ+ people – your lives, experiences, struggles and triumphs.

“Beloved friends”: Researching LGBTQ history at Bristol Archives

Street parade with two men carrying a banner with wording "Lesbian and gay Pride West '94 festival".Join Mark Small from Bristol Archives as he examines documents and collections that help us understand the lives of LGBTQ people in the city over several centuries.

Thursday 18 November 2021,  2pm-3pm

This free, online talk will be held over Zoom. See more details and book your place on this Bristol Museums webpage.

Mary Hamilton – “The Female Husband”

Coloured cartoon depicting Mary Hamilton, stripped to the waist, being lashed in front of a baying crowd. In 1746 Mary Hamilton became notorious following a trial in Taunton in which it was claimed she had married 14 women. She was convicted of fraud and received the brutal punishment of being stripped to the waist and whipped in four Somerset market towns and imprisoned for six months.

Jonathan Rowe has written an article (pdf) based on newspaper reports of the time and a scurrillous pamphlet by novelist Henry Fielding published as The Female Husband.

Some Bristol lesbian icons

Two women, heads touching, Katharine about late 30s with rounded face, Emma early 20s and narrow face“Michael Field” was the pseudonym of writers Katharine Harris Bradley (1846-1914) and Edith Emma Cooper (1862-1913). They were a lesbian couple and also aunt and niece who lived in Bristol for ten years.

Read Jonathan Rowe’s article about this remarkable couple.

‘Mapping LGBT+ Bristol’ Android app discontinued

Sadly we have had to discontinue the Android version of the Mapping LGBT+ Bristol app for technical reasons. The iOS (iTunes) version is still available from the Apple App store and of course you can view the map on this website.

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!

Hollywood film director James Whale and Bristol

Head and shoulders photo of handsome man dressed in suit and tie, looking intenseBest remembered today for his classic 1930s horror films Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein, gay Hollywood film director James Whale (1889-1956) was a frequent visitor to Bristol in the 1920s and 1930s.

Local historian Jonathan Rowe uncovers the story in a new article.

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….

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 BristolYou can explore Bristol’s LGBTQ+ past online through our map that uses pictures, oral history recordings, archival documents and personal stories to bring our hidden histories to light. Go to the map now!

Or get an app for iPhones.  Search “Mapping LGBT+ Bristol” on 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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