We were delighted to receive the following message from Jeremy Corbyn in response to our published statement endorsing his campaign to remain Labour Leader:

Thanks LGSM for supporting my leadership campaign. Your story exemplifies the strength of true solidarity.

We are original members of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (1984-85). Many of us are individual members of the Labour Party.

Jeremy Corbyn has been an active supporter of LGBT rights for his whole political life. He supported equality in the 70s and 80s, long before it became more mainstream or fashionable. He did so at a time when the Labour leadership repeatedly obstructed the Party’s commitment to LGBT rights because of concerns about media criticism. And he did so when speaking up for the rights for LGBT people brought hostility, ridicule and victimisation. From struggles against Section 28, through fighting for an equal age of consent, right up to equal marriage, Jeremy Corbyn has always stood shoulder to shoulder with the LGBT community.

Dave Hopper

LGSM are in collective mourning following the death of our dear friend and comrade Dave Hopper, Secretary of the Durham Miners’ Association, on Saturday 16 July 2016.

Dave’s death comes just a week after the 132nd Durham Miners’ Gala, where he shared a platform with Jeremy Corbyn, Labour’s leader, and Denis Skinner, among others. Sixteen members of LGSM attended the Gala this year, accompanied by friends from the Neath Dulais and Swansea Valleys Miners Support Group and the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign.

Colin Clews, author of the blog Gay in the 80s, has launched a detailed study of the people, issues and events that made the 1980s such a significant decade in queer history.

Combining the author’s personal experience, observations and research, the 267-page eBook looks at events in the UK, USA and Australia. HIV/AIDS is a recurrent theme and the author covers this from a number of aspects including his own experience as an AIDS counsellor and educator; representation of AIDS in the media and a comparison of government responses to the emerging crisis.

On Saturday 18 June 2016, LGSM were collectively presented with the freedom of the town of Ripollet, a municipality of Catalonia near Barcelona. The award was made by the Mayor, Sñr JM Osuna Lopez, at an event organised by the town to highlight the on-going fight for LGBTI+ equality.