Thursday, 12 September 2013

Lesbians & Gays Support The Miners: Pits And Perverts

It’s the summer of 1984 – Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But there is a problem. The Union seems embarrassed to receive their support.

But the activists are not deterred. They decide to ignore the Union and go direct to the miners. They identify a mining village in deepest Wales and set off in a mini bus to make their donation in person. And so begins the extraordinary story of two seemingly alien communities who form a surprising and ultimately triumphant partnership.

PRIDE will be directed by the Tony Award winning theatre director Matthew Warchus (Matilda: The Musical, God of Carnage). The large ensemble cast will be led by Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton with the other roles played by a host of well-known British actors including Dominic West...

BBC Films.

It'll be like Billy Elliott, Brassed Off and The Full Monty - but with added gays for a bit of culture clash comedy-drama!
A pivotal moment in British gay politics, let's hope they don't fuck this up - and it ends up more like The Comic Strip's Strike.

Here's a first person account by Paul Canning, who was a member of the LGSM delegation to South Wales.
And here's a lovely retro video of Manchester LGSM and the benefit they organised at the Hacienda.
Or alternatively, if you know fuck-all about it - like this fool at Gay Star News - why not just copy whatever drivel you just read on Wikipedia, and then get it even more wrong.
Gay journalism at its very, very best.

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