Lesbian & Gay Miners Support Group 1984-85
Before the miners' strike it would have been very hard to imagine a miners' minibus running around
In fact by February 1985 there were eleven lesbians' and gay men's miners' support
groups all over the country. Six of them replied to our survey.
By December 1984 the London group alone had collected over £11,000 by a mixture of pub, club and street collections, benefits, parties and other events. The highlight event was undoubtedly the 'Pits and Perverts' gig at the Electric Ballroom where Bronski Beat headed the bill; it raised £5,650. At the benefit David Donovan, a
Now we will pin your badge on us, we will support you. It won't change overnight, but now 140,000 miners know that there are other causes and other problems. We know about blacks, and gays, and nuclear disarmament. And we will never be the same.' The existence and activity of the various groups proves that many lesbians and gay men do support the miners. As the
'Our best personal experiences were meeting miners who came to the city from Abercynon. After coming down here repeatedly and meeting politically active socialists, seeing them collect money, food and clothing and generally working in support of the strikers, their attitudes were forced to change just by their own experiences, because they know we are just ordinary people, and people who support their struggle .. . They've had to change a lot of their attitudes and as is said so often, things will never be the same again.'
Formation and Activities
The Lesbians' and gay men's miners' support groups responding to our survey were formed later than the other groups were. The
The Lothian Lesbian & Gay Miners Support Group was set up two months later in September 1984 with 12 members raising £40 a week for the White Craige strike centre in
Lesbians Against Pit Closures,
following message of support:
'Support civil liberties and the struggle of lesbian and gay people. We welcome the links formed with
'I am writing on behalf of the Notts Women's Support Group to express to you our gratitude for the support and solidarity you have shown in forming the Lesbians & Gay Men Support the Miners Group. We also extend to you our total solidarity and support in your struggle against all forms of oppression and prejudice on the grounds of sexuality. Our struggles are part and parcel of the same fight. In particular
Labour Research Department "Solidarity with the Miners
Hillingdon Miners Support Group raised £12,000 pounds (about £50,000 today) during the 1984-85. based at the West Drayton Hillingdon Trades Council Offices above a bike shop on the High street.
Steve Clare Secretary
Mothers Pride Bakery, Bakers Union members gave 50p a week levy