The LGSM roadshow hit Liverpool on Saturday 1 August to join the Liverpool Pride Parade and Festival in St George’s Gardens. This year’s Liverpool Pride had a distinctly stronger community feel to previous years and even the rain throughout the early afternoon did little to dampen the spirits of those who came along. And rain it did – for approaching two hours – but the clouds did pass over later in the afternoon.

LGSM has backed the call from the Orgreave Truth & Justice Campaign for a full Public Inquiry into the policing of the Orgreave picket in June 1984 by writing to Theresa May, the Home Secretary.

LGSM members participated in the Norwich Pride Parade and festival on Saturday 25 July. Along the route of the Parade, we were joined by a large contingent of friends and supporters and our banner was again greeted with applause along the route by those who had turned out to watch the Parade pass. The level of recognition in Norwich was noticeably lower than at some of recent events we have attended, and this may well be down to the fact that there is no history of mining in East Anglia.

LGSM led the Northern Pride Parade in Newcastle on Saturday 18 July, with the Dunston Silver Band. Our banner was followed by the Durham Miners Association banner and contingent and our friends from Durham Pride were also there in numbers. Along the route of the Parade, we were joined by a host of friends and supporters from across the North-East. And our banner was greeted with applause all along the route by those who had turned out to watch the Parade pass.

39 years ago I left my mining village in County Durham to go to University ‘down South’. At the time I was a single, ostensibly heterosexual young man who believed that I still hadn’t met the right woman. Two weeks after starting Uni I discovered that ‘the right woman’ was, in fact,a man!