coal mines and gay activists

So we’re watching a movie in half an hour, the movie in question being Pride. I’m excited. It’s actually been on my to-watch list for a few months now and I’m always interested in movies featuring LGBT characters (though I think this one comprises of the L and the G only).

For anyone unaware of the plot; U.K gay activists support miners during the National Union of Mineworkers’ strike in 1984. Basically.

The strike came to fruition during Margaret Thatcher’s regime. Leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990, Thatcher was a controversial figure. Known as the Iron Lady for her leadership style and unyielding politics, she garnered intense distaste among some groups in society, especially the working class. The distaste grew and the triggering reason among the miners was when the government announced their intention to close down 20 coal mines and eventually closing down 70 pits. March of 1984, mass walk-outs and strikes occured following this disclosure and the strike lasted for a year. It’s been referred to as “the most bitter industrial dispute in British history”.

During the strike, the miners received support from the alliance LGSM (Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners). They raised money for the strikers’ families and in return many mining groups participated and supported gay pride events. And thirty years after the strike began, a film was released depicting these events.

SOURCES

1984: The beginning of the end for British coal 

Margaret Thatcher: Britain’s Iron Lady

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