10 February 2018

LGBT History Month: Outing the past

Join us to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people’s lives from our past and present.

A variety of speakers and stalls will showcase the achievements of local LGBT people, while performer Tom Marshman will be unveiling his new LGBT audio guide to M Shed.

Tom Marshman is an artist based in Bristol. He actively encourages a dialogue with audiences and participants aiming to create a safe space to share their thoughts and experiences. The results give very evocative authentic glimpses into everyday things.

Confirmed speakers

  • Justin Bengry, Lecturer in Queer History, Goldsmiths, University of London, will talk about the history of the Pink Pound
  • Jonathan Cooper OBE, Human Rights specialist with experience before English and International courts and tribunals, will talk about the modern trend for putting LGBT rights up for popular vote
  • Beth Asbury of the Ashmolean Museum will talk about LGBT+ culture around the world and through history with examples from Oxford’s museums
  • Bristol’s Darry Bullock will talk about his recent book, David Bowie Made Me Gay, and how LGBT+ people have been central to the history of popular music
  • Tom Marshman will talk about the creation of his audio tours of M Shed
  • Cheryl Morgan, co-chair of OutStories Bristol, Director of The Diversity Trust and Ujima Radio presenter, will talk about the Amazons. Was there really a queendom of warrior women in the ancient world, and if so were they lesbians?

Confirmed Exhibitors

  • Historic England will be showcasing their online map of LGBT+ history and explaining how you can help contribute to this national resource
  • Bristol 24/7 will be showing clips from their Talking LGBT+ Bristol film that will be premiered at this year’s Pride
  • No Stone Unturned will be previewing their plans for a mobile app game based on Bristol’s LGBT+ history
  • Historians and literary scholars from the University of Exeter will be running a workshop for young adults exploring history, identity, gender, sexuality and science – part of the Rethinking Sexology and Sex & History projects, which you can also learn more about at their stall on the day
  • Bristol Pride, LGBT Bristol, Freedom Youth and OutStories Bristol will be on hand to talk about their work

Curated with Outstories Bristol.