In 1984 20 year old closet gay Joe hesitantly arrives in London from Bromley for his first Gay Pride march and is taken under the collective wing of a group of gay men and Lesbian Steph, who meet at flamboyant Jonathan and his Welsh partner Gethin's Soho bookshop. Not only are gays being threatened by Thatcher but the miners are on strike in response to her pit closures and Northern Irish activist Mark Ashton believes gays and miners should show solidarity. Almost by accident a mini-bus full of gays find themselves in the Welsh village of Onllwyn in the Dulais valley and through their sincere fund raising and Jonathan's nifty disco moves persuade most of the community that they are on the same side. When a bigot tries to sabotage the partnership with a tabloid smear Mark turns it back on her with a hugely successful benefit concert to which most of the villagers, now thoroughly in tune with their gay friends, turn up. The miners are defeated and return to work but at the Pride march ...
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Based on the inspirational true story.
Did You Know?
While there had been more than 1,000 coal mines in the UK during the first half of the 20th century, by 1984 there were only 173 still operating. See more
The button Mark gives Joe when they meet after watching the miners returning to work in Onllwyn says "I am (discretely) gay". This is a common error, but it should be "discreetly" meaning cautiously or with tact; "discrete" means separate or distinct. However, it could be a copy of a vintage button, in which case the error is on the part of the original designer of the button, not the filmmakers. See more
[the committee is discussing where the LGSM members will be staying
Cliff: I don't mind taking more, Hefina. Not the lesbians so much, because of their cuisine, but I'll take an extra gay.
Written by Boy George
, Jon Moss
, Mikey Craig
, Roy Hay
and Phil Pickett
Performed by Culture Club
Produced by Steve Levine
Courtesy of Virgin Records See more