“You have worn our badge ‘Coal Not Dole’ and you know what harassment means, as we do. Now we will support you. It won’t change overnight, but now a hundred and forty thousand miners know … about blacks and gays and nuclear disarmament and we will never be the same.”
David Donovan speaking on behalf of the Dulais miners to a crowd of 1,500 at the Pits and Perverts Ball, Camden Town, 10th December 1984
Nicola Field was a member of LGSM in 1984-85 and one of the founding members of Lesbians Against Pit Closures in December 1984. Her book Over The Rainbow was originally published in 1995 and explores where the UK LGBT movement was at that point. Out of print for some years, the book has now been republished by Doghorn Publishing, with a new introductory chapter that explores both the LGSM story and places the premise of the book in context by providing an update on where the LGBT movement now finds itself, with the passage of a further 21 years. Commercialisation and the ‘pink pound’, identity politics and both the legacy and trajectory of left politics within this movement are explored. Nicola argues that, if anything, the LGBT ‘leaders’ of today are less relevant to the lives of LGBT people in Britain today than they were in 1995.
The re-formed Lesbians and Gay Men Support the Miners (LGSM) decided on 9 October 2015 that we would wind down as a current campaigning force and focus on the task of keeping alive the legacy of our work in 1984-85 and putting together a digital historical archive of documents, photos, personal stories, videos, audio recordings and all other written material connected to the strike. A full archive of our work in 1984-85 and more recently will be made available to all on the LGSM website (lgsm.org) in the coming months.