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.
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When Mark Ashton proposes the founding of LGSM, he holds up a newspaper with the front page showing an iconic photograph of a mounted policeman about to strike a woman. This was taken by John Harris at the so-called "Battle of Orgreave". Although subsequently famous, the photograph was still obscure in June 1984, when the scene is set. See more
Where are you from?
[Hefina, Dai and Cliff turn serious
No, no way.
Listen, we don't mind the gays, and the lesbians, that's fine. But don't you dare be bringing people from North Wales down here!
[an awkward silence follows and they all laugh
Featured in Projector: Pride
Written and Performed by Pete Shelley
(as Peter Shelley)
Published by Complete Music Ltd
Courtesy of Universal-Island Records Ltd
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