Lesbians & Gays Support the Miners: PRIDE, the book

In light of the recently published book by the same name, LGBT History Month was privileged to have Dave Lewis, Press Secretary of Lesbians & Gays Support the Miners, provide context on the film Pride and the differences between mainstream depictions versus the reality and context of LGSM’s crucial activism.

 Pride by Tim Tate, was published on Thursday 10 August 2017.

Fourteen members of LGSM and/or Lesbians Against Pit Closures (LAPC) were interviewed, as well as five of the surviving key players in South Wales. Tim interweaves the interviews of each contributor to tell the real story in the words of those who were there at the time.

Pride the film does a wonderful job of telling the LGSM story, but the film wasn’t a documentary and was firmly and deliberately aimed at a mainstream audience. Its reach went way beyond audiences that would instinctively relate to the story, as a consequence. There are undeniably casualties of the film’s mainstream focus, however. The politics and relationships that brought LGSM together at that moment in time are in large part absent. And although the women of the valleys are given a fair crack of the whip in being portrayed as a central part of the story, the women of LAPC and LGSM were arguably treated less fairly.

Pride the book takes the story one step further – it explores the motivations and perceptions of many of the people that were there. And there are conflicting and contradictory voices, at times – LGSM & LAPC did not always speak with one voice, as you will discover when reading the book.

The book is published in paperback by John Blake Publishing and costs £8.99. It is available from all good booksellers and can be ordered online here: http://www.housmans.com/lgsm.php

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