LGBT+ History: Supporting the miners

1986: Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) campaign is launched in support of striking workers during the miners’ strikes of 1984 and 1985.  These events were recreated in the film PRIDE (2014)

The LGSM group did not cease to have a purpose after the strike ended as to an extent is still going albeit as a Facebook group(link) and with just seven of the original members left.  It is important to not forget that the miners groups themselves were also playing a major part and with the reforming of the Neath, Dulais and Swansea Valley Miners’ Support Group (1) both groups have been very close in supporting each other 30 years on.

The LGSM sister group, Lesbians Against Pit Closures, did not reform but is instead honoured as still being a part of the LGSM history according to the LGSM website.

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