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Theconversation. At the start of LGBT history month in February, the government announced it would pardon 49,000 men of sexual offences for homosexuality.


While this is an important nod to justice, it is also a reminder of everyday injustices suffered by LGBT people in Britain when it was still a crime to be gay. Nearly 50 years ago, in July 1967, the government voted to partly decriminalise homosexuality for men over 21-years-old. The illegality of homosexuality had ruined countless lives and careers – even of those who were not actually convicted of a crime.

One of those who fell foul of the law two decades earlier was the distinguished art historian and curator of Leicester Art Gallery, Trevor Thomas. His story is indicative of how others were treated and cautionary of how current injustices inflict harm. Theconversation. In early February, the Church of England College expressed regret that in an evening liturgy in Cambridge, God was referred to as the Duchess.


The service had been advertised as a Polari evening prayer in anticipation of LGBT History Month, and was described as a liturgical experiment. So what was Polari and how did it end up in an evening prayer? Polari is a secret language, which has now largely fallen out of use, but was historically spoken by gay men and female impersonators. My research has tracked how it grew out of the world of entertainment, stretching back from West End theatres, through to 19th-century music halls and beyond that to travelling entertainers and market-stall holders. It developed from an earlier form of language called Parlyaree which had roots in Italian and rudimentary forms of language used for communication by sailors around the Mediterranean.

“Vada the naff strides on the omee ajax” meant look at the awful trousers on the man nearby. All Out! Dancing in Dulais - Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. Glogin?URI= To save articles or get newsletters, alerts or recommendations – all free.


Don't have an account yet? Create an account » Jimmy Sommerville on TV-am in 1988. When miners and gay activists united: the real story of the film Pride. In September 2010, the writer Stephen Beresford was about to leave a meeting with film producer David Livingstone when he was asked: "Is there any story you are burning to write?

When miners and gay activists united: the real story of the film Pride

" "Well, there is one," he replied, hesitating at the door, "but no one is ever going to make it. " He acknowledges now that this is a line you can only use once in a pitch and explains that he went on to tell the story of miners in the Dulais valley in South Wales during the 1984-5 strike – the longest in British history – and a gay and lesbian group from London that donated more money (£11,000 by December 1984) to their cause than any other fundraiser in the UK, along with a minibus emblazoned with the logo LGSM: Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. In a decade when a degree of homophobia was the norm, LGSM drove a couple of minibuses from Hackney Community Transport and a clapped-out VW camper van to a bleak mining town in South Wales to present their donations, uncertain what sort of welcome to expect.

'Pride' Movie Review. There is so much "inspired by a true story" crap churned out in Hollywood that when the genuine article appears, it's a shock.

'Pride' Movie Review

Such a movie is Pride, a Brit dramedy that is a crowd-pleaser in the best sense of the word. Even when it's tugging hard at your heartstrings, you believe the damn thing. The facts are these: In 1984, the National Union of Mineworkers went on strike over pit closures, as well as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's hard-line policies. The film, vibrantly directed by stage maestro Matthew Warchus (Matilda) from a script by Stephen Beresford, concerns the unlikely help the miners are offered by London gay and lesbian activists.

Bill Nighy takes Pride in miners' strike movie. The 1984 miners' strike and the gay rights movement may seem like unlikely on-screen partners - but their coming together in Matthew Warchus's film Pride has produced, according to actor Bill Nighy, "the most important British film of recent years".

Bill Nighy takes Pride in miners' strike movie

Bafta-winner Nighy is one of the stars of the movie, which documents the true story of how Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) groups became the biggest financial supporters of the miners, who went on strike for more than a year in 1984, in protest against widespread pit closures. Without the help of donations from outside, many miners faced losing their homes or even being unable to feed their families. Pride focuses on one London group of lesbian and gay activists, who "adopted" a mining community in south Wales, despite initial suspicion and prejudice from residents.

Imelda Staunton, Paddy Considine, Dominic West and Andrew Scott - Moriarty in TV's Sherlock - are also part of the ensemble cast. When miners and gay activists united: the real story of the film Pride. Pride: a quirky tale of 'pits and perverts' gets the facts straight. Pride (2014) Director: Matthew Warchus Entertainment grade: A– History grade: A–

Pride: a quirky tale of 'pits and perverts' gets the facts straight

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