During the UK miners strike of 1984–1985 an alliance of lesbians and gay men formed the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) raising approximately £20,000 for the families who were on strike during a variety of fundraising events in numerous locations, including the 1984 London Pride march and the now famous Gay’s the Word bookshop.
The largest single fundraising event that LGSM organised was the “Pits and Perverts” benefit concert, which was held in the Electric Ballroom in Camden Town, London and was headlined by Bronski Beat and its lead singer, Jimmy Somerville.
The LGSM proved to be an important turning point in the progression of LGBT+ issues in the United Kingdom and their legacy is ingrained in our history so much so that the story was made into the 2014 film, Pride.
The Gravesham Pride Committee in partnership with No. 84 Tea Room and Eatery are proud to host an evening with Mike Jackson who along with Mark Ashton co-founded the LGSM.
He will share with the audience a wealth of stories about this important part of our history and offer the audience a chance to have a Q and A with him in the intimate setting of the No. 84 Tea Room and Eatery 84 Parrock Street, Gravesend on Tuesday 9th July 2019.
This is a FREE event however, spaces are limited so book now to avoid disappointment!