Pride

Last night I saw a film which made me laugh, cry and above all CHEER.
 
It is called ‘Pride’, an appropriate title, and it tells of a piece of Lesbian and Gay history of which, I am ashamed to say, I knew nothing.   In 1984, at the height of the Miners’ Strike, a small group in London led by an activist called Mark Ashton set up the LGSM - LESBIANS AND GAYS SUPPORT THE MINERS.   
 
They collected money for the miners’ families but could not donate it directly to the National Union of Mineworkers because Margaret Thatcher had sequestered their funds, so they found a village in the Dulais Valley in the South Wales coalfields, got into their battered old van and took the money to them.
 
 
The film is the story of their relationship with the mining community.  Not without its ups and downs and initial problems of acceptance by the men of the community, they build together a strong and mutually supportive relationship.
 
Although it is a fictionalised account, the main facts and characters are real and after the screening we were privileged to have with us for a discussion David Donovan, the NUM leader in the film, as strong and gentle a man as he is portrayed by Paddy Considine.  It is beautifully directed by Matthew Warchus and acted by a brilliant cast led by Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton.
 
Go and see it.  You will have a wonderful, heartwarming evening and come out filled with pride in our lesbian and gay daughters and sons.
 
Jenny Broughton

 

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