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In 1984 a small group of gay men and lesbian women stepped away from Londons vibrant gay scene to support a beleaguered mining community in the remote valleys of South Wales They did so in the midst of the 1984 miners strikethe most bitter and divisive dispute forthan half a century In the 1980s Margaret Thatchers social and fiscal policies devastated Britains traditional industries as AIDS began to claim lives across the nation As the government and police battled the enemy within in communities across the land and newspapers whipped up fear of the gay perverts who were supposedly responsible for inflicting this disease miners and homosexuals unexpectedly made a stand together and forged a lasting friendship It was an alliance which helped keep an entire valley clothed and fed during the darkest months of the strike And it led directly to unions and the Labour Party accepting gay euality as a cause to be championed Pride tells the inspiring true story of how two very different communitieseach struggling to overcome its own bitter internal arguments as well as facing the power of a hostile government and pressfound common cause against overwhelming odds And how this one simple but unlikely act of friendship would in time help change life in Britainforever This is the true story that inspired the Golden Globe Award nominated GLAAD nominated BAFTA winning film PrideIn 1984 a small group of gay men and lesbian women stepped away from Londons vibrant gay scene to support a beleaguered mining community in the remote valleys of South Wales They did so in the midst of the 1984 miners strikethe most bitter and divisive dispute forthan half a century In the 1980s Margaret Thatchers social and fiscal policies devastated Britains traditional industries as AIDS began to claim lives across the nation As the government and police battled the enemy within in communities across the land and newspapers whipped up fear of the gay perverts who were supposedly responsible for inflicting this disease miners and homosexuals unexpectedly made a stand together and forged a lasting friendship It was an alliance which helped keep an entire valley clothed and fed during the darkest months of the strike And it led directly to unions and the Labour Party accepting gay euality as a cause to be championed Pride tells the inspiring true story of how two very different communitieseach struggling to overcome its own bitter internal arguments as well as facing the power of a hostile government and pressfound common cause against overwhelming odds And how this one simple but unlikely act of friendship would in time help change life in Britainforever This is the true story that inspired the Golden Globe Award nominated GLAAD nominated BAFTA winning film Pride


5 thoughts on “Pride: The Unlikely Story of the True Heroes of the Miner's Strike

  1. says:

    I enjoyed this film It seems a long time since the miners strike but we are still undervaluing our working class and poverty and hardship are on the increase so this felt very relevant today The LGBT community have also had a long fight and still have some way to go Very heart warming Actors are excellent The story is true and just shows what can be achieved when people stick together to fight for their rights their community and their dignity It was unbelievably sad to learn that the boy who was the driving force behined the lesbian and gay support for the miners died from aids at the terribly young age of 26 We certainly lost a hero in Mark Ashton a firecracker of a human being I also learned that Jonathan Blake one of the first men in the UK to be diagnosed with aids recently celebrated his 65th birthday Hurray The 1985 Labour party conference saw a motion to support eual rights for gay men and lesbians go down to the wire It was carried only due to the block votes of the National Union of Mineworkers and its allies


  2. says:

    Loved this book It isn't a written version of the film This is s series of interviews with most of the people who were involved Less frothy than the film it seeks and achieves a goal of showing how life really was for the miners during that awful time if you read this but don't believe the way the police behaved then speak to some older Gay men who lived through this period I felt such pride and happiness after reading this that I can't really explain So if you have an interest in Gay or and Left wing politics read this


  3. says:

    Loved this book it's all the background and additional stories from the film Pride It features the voices of those who inspired the film Pride the people from the Neath Dulais and Swansea Valley Miners Support Group and Lesbian & Gay Men Support the Miners a truly uniue and memorable relationship If you enjoyed the film then this book is for you


  4. says:

    very good book in deed just like the DVD was in the pride march in London as wellEvery one should have this book with the dvd or just read it well done to all


  5. says:

    Wonderful book it made the perfect give for my mother she absolutely adored it I was almost tempted to buy a second copy for myself