The collection comprises minutes, correspondence, press releases, fliers, accounts and financial records, ephemera and labour movement song sheets.
Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM)
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- ReferenceGB 394 LGSM
- Dates of Creation1984-1987
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description2 boxes
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Administrative / Biographical History
Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) originated from a collection made at the 1984 Pride March for the striking miners. Shortly afterwards a meeting was held at the University of London Union with speakers from the South Wales National Union of Miners (NUM), this led to the formation of LGSM. LGSM was a single-issue group, which sought to support the miners and their communities in their fight against Thatcherism.
Members of LGSM were from across the gay community, from Trotskyists, communists and anarchists to Labour Party members and liberals. The organisation lasted only for the duration of the 1984-5 miners' strike. The organisation held weekly meetings at Gay's the Word bookshop to organise publicity and collections.
Many of the gay community felt that supporting workers who had traditionally been seen as homophobic was naive. However, the organisers of LGSM believed that not only could they raise support for the miners but their campaign would also tackle prejudice in the mining communities.
A sub-group called Lesbians Against Pit Closures (LPAC) formed a few months after LGSM was established. This was partly because many women in the group felt intimidated by the gay men who formed the bulk of the membership. Both groups had strong links with the mining community of Dulais, South Wales. Exchange visits were arranged and benefits organised, the money collected went to support striking miners and their families.
During its two years of operation, LGSM raised twenty thousand pounds, from collections, jumble sales, merchandise and sponsored bike rides such as pedal against pit closures. A Pits & Perverts benefits gig headlined by Bronski Beat held in Camden, London raised five thousand pounds. The success of the LGSM was illustrated by the 1985 Pride march, which was headed by a NUM banner, followed by a large contingent of men, women and children from Dulais.
To commemorate its achievements LGSM created a travelling exhibition of photographs, and a video which it lent to Trade Unions, community groups and local branches of the National Union of Miners.
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In 1991 the collection was donated to the People's History Museum (formerly National Museum of Labour History). The collection is now held at the Labour History Archive and Study Centre in the People's History Museum, Manchester.
Collection level description created by Janette Martin.
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