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 ‘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.

Rainbow Revolutions: new book documents LGBTQ+ history of the 20th century

Front cover of a book with a rainbow and text "Rainbow Revolutions - Power, Pride and Protest in the Fight for Queer Rights"On June 28 1969, around one o’clock in the morning, New York City Police raided the Stonewall Inn, a bar in Greenwich Village, New York …

Rainbow Revolutions is a new book for older children and teenagers that charts the rise of the LGBTQ+ rights movement during the 20th century and celebrates the individuals who stood up and demanded recognition.

It is written by University of Bristol anthropologist and OutStories Bristol trustee Jamie Lawson. 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 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 now appears on Bristol City Council’s website Know Your Place which brings together multiple layers of Bristol’s diverse history.


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