New Look at ‘Pride’ – The True Story of LGBT Support for Striking Miners in 1980s Wales: VIDEO

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A new trailer has been released for Pride - the upcoming film that tells the true story of gay activists who supported workers during the 1984 National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) strike.

Big Gay Picture Show has the synopsis:

It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person.  As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.‘

Screen Shot 2014-08-09 at 4.49.19 PMThe film, starring Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, and Sophie Evans arrives in theaters September 12. 


And if you missed the first trailer, you can watch it HERE


  1. Dazzer says

    Nope Merv.

    It was a vile time in British history – I’m just glad gays and lesbians took the high road.

    Unless you’re British, you have no idea what it was like growing up under Thatcher.

    She was a terrible, terrible person.

    One of the – many – reasons why there was a sea change in the British public’s attitude to gay rights was because actions like those depicted in this film.

  2. jonnathewoodswoman says

    You had Thatcher, we had Reagan, Dazzer. It was pretty much the same here and you seem ahead of the US now. We’re just catching up. Unfortunately, our country has been looted by corporations. We’re not doing so well.

  3. VikraminMumbai says

    I wonder if Andrew Sullivan has reviewed or commented on this film. During the period of the strikes I’m guessing he would have been very pro Thatcher and anti the miners. Certainly not likely to support the gay and lesbian group in the film.

    I’m not trying to be snarky or put Sullivan on a spot. I broadly admire his writing, leaving aside hissy fits about credit for gay marriage. And while this film looks great and I am looking forward to watching it, it is also with the knowledge that things were more complicated than can be shown in a trailer or even a full film.

    We all reflect our backgrounds as we grow up, and growing up in strongly socialist and stagnant India at that time, I did see Thatcher as a dynamic and attractive leader (Reagan always just seemed like a ham). And while she was clearly not a supporter of lgbt rights, her message of less government seemed compelling at a time when government was the biggest problem most lgbt people faced.

    I’m aware that Thatcher was hypocritical here – happy to use government for policing people but not markets. Yet the thrust of her arguments did seem to be to get the government off peoples backs, and there’s evidence from people who knew her, like Matthew Parris, that she wasn’t particularly homophobic and today would be closer to the properly libertarian camp.

    At the same time the miners, for all the sympathy shown to them in Billy Elliott or films like this, were defending a dying and dangerous industry. They also had some pretty awful leaders – and credit is due to this film for making a distinction between these often bigoted leaders, and the actual communities. And whatever the weakness of their economic case, there can be little doubt that they were treated far more harshly than was needed, and that Thatcher and her supporters rather revelled in it.

    Realising this has made me move more left over the years, without entirely losing my support for some of Thatcher’s arguments. I think Sullivan has also made that journey to some extent and its why I’d really like to read his views on this film.

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