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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. 

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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

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'Pride' Tells The True Story Of LGBT Support For Striking Miners In 1980s Wales - VIDEO

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Set for release in September, culture clash comedy Pride tells the true story of lesbian and gay activists who supported workers during the 1984 National Union of Minerworkers (NUM) strike.

The activists decide to raise money to support the families affected by the strike. When the NUM decides not to accept the money, the fundraisers go straight to the miners and their families in a small Welsh village.

Screened during the directors’ fortnight section at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the movie stars Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, and Sophie Evans.

The director's fortnight was the springboard to success for Billy Elliot.

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Isle of Man: Overseas Same-Sex Marriages To Be Recognized As Civil Partnerships

Isle of man to recognize overseas same sex marriage as civil partnerships

The Isle of Man, a British crown dependency, is to treat overseas same-sex marriages as civil partnerships. As a crown dependency - self-governing possessions of the British crown - the Isle of Man maintains full autonomy.

Although same-sex marriage is legal in England and Wales, and will be introduced in Scotland later this year, it is still illegal in the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and Northern Ireland.

According to Manx Policy and Reform Minister Chris Robertshaw, overseas same-sex marriages should be recognised only as civil partnerships.

Robertshaw added that fifty relationships from other countries - including domestic partnerships in some U.S. states and civil partnerships in Ireland and Jersey - will be treated as civil partnerships.

Representative Zac Hall raised concerns that the list included relationships which were not as formal as a civil partnership. Hall has asked for the list to be withdrawn for further examination.


Elton John And David Furnish To Marry

Now that marriage equality has finally arrived in England and Wales, Elton John and David Furnish are starting to make plans to get married later this year. The two have been in a civil union since 2005.

Writing in Attitude magazine, Furnish explains the significance of marriage to his family:

John_Furnish"When it was announced that gay couples were able to obtain a civil partnership, Elton and I did so on the day it came into law.

"As something of a showman, [Elton] is aware that whatever he says and does, people will sit up and take notice -so what better way to celebrate that historic moment in time.

"Our big day made the news, it was all over the internet within minutes of happening and front page news the next day."

He continued: "Elton and I both think there is a massive difference between calling someone your 'partner' and calling them your 'husband'. "Partner' is such an impersonal word and doesn't adequately describe the love we have for each other.

"When Zachary and Elijah are grown up and having children of their own, they will – hopefully – be living in a world where everyone can be equal, when being married isn't about whether you're straight or gay, but simply about being human."

Furnish told the the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he and John plan to ditch plans for a big bash:

“We do like big parties,” Furnish said. “Over eight years ago, we had 650 people on the 21st of December at our house in Windsor. But with the kids, everything is different. I think what we’ll do is go to a registry office in England in May, and take the boys with us, and a couple of witnesses.”

The two plan to tie the knot in May.


Crowds Cheer For One Of UK's First Married Gay Couples: VIDEO

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As we just reported, Peter McGraith and David Cabreza of Islington were among the first same-sex couples (and quite possibly the first) to get married once marriage equality was legalized in England and Wales after midnight. When the happy couple emerged from Islington Town Hall they were greeted with a warm and raucous crowd wishing them well.  

Meanwhile Prime Minister David Cameron, who fought hard for marriage equality, released a statement today, as Joe.My.God. highlights:

"The introduction of same-sex civil marriage says something about the sort of country we are. It says we are a country that will continue to honour its proud traditions of respect, tolerance and equal worth. It also sends a powerful message to young people growing up who are uncertain about their sexuality. It clearly says ‘you are equal’ whether straight or gay. That is so important in trying to create an environment where people are no longer bullied because of their sexuality – and where they can realise their potential, whether as a great mathematician like Alan Turing, a star of stage and screen like Sir Ian McKellen or a wonderful journalist and presenter like Clare Balding. We are a nation that is growing stronger economically because of our long term economic plan. But I hope we can also be a country that is growing stronger socially because we value love and commitment equally. Let us raise a toast to that – and all those getting married this weekend.”

Watch video of McGraith and Cabreza emerging as husband and husband for the first time, along with a few more photos from the big day, AFTER THE JUMP…

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(Photo at top via Twitter; photo at bottom also via Twitter)

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Gay Marriage Officially Begins In England And Wales: VIDEO

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As promised, same-sex marriage became legal a little while ago at midnight in England and Wales. Couples in both realms have already begun to say ‘I do’ and their friends and loved ones have taken to social media to help document this historic occasion. 

The couple pictured above were toasted on Twitter by Craig Baldwin (@goochus73): "You may now kiss the groom". Gay couple marry in historic moment in Camden Town Hall. #equalmarriage 

Though the identity of the first gay couple married in Britain is not certain at this point, the council of Islington, a district in greater London, had suggested that two of its residents, Peter McGraith and David Cabreza (pictured below), would be the first. Indeed, the happy pair have tied the knot, as Twitter user Andy Hull (@AndyHull79) shared: CONGRATULATIONS, Peter McGraith & David Cabreza, now Husband & Husband! #equalmarriage #makinghistory in @IslingtonBC.

Check out more images -- and a video! -- of McGraith and Cabreza along with those of other happy couples from across the pond, AFTER THE JUMP…

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