…kicked off on Friday night with a launch at the Counts Louse (Bristol’s City Hall, as it has been renamed by new Mayor George Ferguson). There was much speechifying, by both Bristol mayors (the chap in the big hat – Peter Main, Bristol’s first openly gay mayor – and the chap in the red trousers, George Ferguson), and by people from loads of Bristol LGBT organisations. And then Sing Out sang, to finish off the evening.
It didn’t make for the most lively of evenings, but then at least we felt we’d arrived, rather than being outside hammering on the door. And the biscuits were good. “Must get a job on the Council”, I remarked to House Teenager as I tucked into the butterscotch shortbread.
Saturday morning saw the launch of the Revealing Stories exhibition at M Shed:
A major first for Bristol! Find out about Bristol’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) past and the ways people have fought to shape and control their lives since the mid 20th century. The stories are told using specially recorded interviews with over 40 people young and old, loans from national collections, objects, memorabilia and works of art.
Cheryl Morgan, one of the organisers of the exhibition, gave something of the trans perspective during her speech.
…though it was far too crowded to get a look at the exhibition!
…had to sneak back later to do that. Look; Cheryl’s GRC, and a bunch of stuff from my seafaring days.
Loads more stuff as well. Get down there!