LGBTQ+ Faces of Bristol was founded in July 2020 by local Bristol photographer Karen Freer. The project aims to represent and empower the LGBTQ+ community in Bristol, by hosting photographic portraits on this website, as well as sharing across social media.
Karen's goal from the start of this venture has been to involve queer people throughout the project to ensure diversity both in front of and behind the camera. Working with a team of volunteers, 2021 kicked off with great support from volunteers, partnerships with other organisations and support from local businesses.
Our Partners & supporters
LGBTQ+ Faces of Bristol are members of Consortium. 
Consortium work to strengthen and support LGBT+ groups, organisations and projects so that they can deliver direct services and campaign for individual rights.
LGBTQ+ Faces of Bristol has been awarded a micro-grant from the Voice & Influence Partnership. We will be working together to increase community involvement in 2021.
The Voice and Influence Partnership has been created to help make sure that individuals, groups and communities whose voices aren’t always heard are listened to, and are part of shaping Bristol’s future. By working together we can make sure our diverse communities are part of local decision making.
Photographique is an independent photo lab specialised in film processing and printing, established in 2008. 
They have kindly given us a discount on prints made from negatives. This means that participants can not only have free digital copies, but they will also save money on any prints they would like. 
Prints for exhibitions as part of this project will also come from Photographique. We are super pleased to have this partnership with a local film lab.
OutStories Bristol is a volunteer community history group gathering the stories of LGBT people living in or associated with Bristol and its surrounds.
OutStories Bristol's oral history team conduct audio interviews to gather the stories of local people. Some members spend time combing local archives, newspaper libraries or the internet for relevant information. Others develop the digital archive and maintain the website and Facebook page. And we organise public events and talks. 
LGBTQ+ Faces of Bristol has been awarded a small pot of money from Bristol Pride's community fund. This money is going towards printing and framing portraits that will be toured in various venues around Bristol. 

The first exhibition will be at the end of June at the Tobacco Factory. We will then have some portraits up during Bristol Pride's Art Trail in July 2021.
Ilford Photo are showing their support by allowing LGBTQ+ Faces of Bristol to purchase film at a discounted rate direct from their website. This is a massive deal to us and we are so grateful to them for this.
SilverPan Film Lab is a small-scale independent film photography laboratory. 
They have very kindly given us a discount which can be applied to developing and scanning. This allows us to keep the costs of the project down a little bit. So a big thanks to SilverPan.
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