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?
The film was criticized for not using Welsh actors, and for its almost complete lack of ethnic minority characters. See more
In the final scene shot outside the Houses of Parliament and set in the late 1980s, Portcullis House is shown in the background. The building was not commissioned until 1992 and only opened in 2001. Also, the Terrace of the Commons is shown in the background of the same scene with marques on it. These would not have been installed in the 1980s and were a later addition. See more
[Giving a Speech in a Gay Bar
I've had a lot of new experiences during this strike. Speaking in public, standing on a picket line, And now I'm in a gay bar.
Well, if you don't like it, you can go home.
As a matter of fact, I do like it.
Beer's a bit expensive, mind.
But, really, there's only one difference between this and a bar in South Wales. The women. They're a lot more feminine in here.
[the Crowd Laughs and Cheers
What I'd really like to say to you tonight is ...
Featured in Projector: Pride
Written by Jimmy Somerville
, Larry Steinbachek
and Steve Bronski
Performed by Bronski Beat
Courtesy of London Records
Produced by Mike Thorne See more