On this day in 2014, the movie Pride was first released in the United Kingdom. With solidarity as its thesis, the film tells the real-life story of how the members of the 1984 Miners’ strike found unlikely allies in a group of LGBT activists from London.
The movie opens on a scene of the 1983 London Pride Parade. A 20-year-old kid named Joe wanders scared but curious through the crowd, and before long we are introduced to our scrappy group of underdogs. Mostly based on real life counterparts, Mike, Jeff, Steph, Gethin, and Jonathan are led by Mark Ashton with the iconic book store Gay’s the Word serving as their headquarters. After Mark sees news coverage of the Miners’ strike, he has the idea that he and his friends should start collecting money to send to the protesting miners. The small mining towns at the center of the strike are the very conservative hot beds that our lesbian and gay main characters have worked their whole life to leave and forget, and so Mark is initially met with push back, but before long, Lesbian and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) is up and running.
Although Pride is not a huge blockbuster or the next film in the long anthology of comic book films, it is still worth avoiding spoilers over; watching the two worlds of gay London and small town Wales collide and eventually become both political allies and friends is a wholesome experience like no other. The sorrows and successes that follow these real life figures – all with anthems such as Solidarity Forever by Pete Seeger and There is Power in a Union by Billy Bragg playing in the background – will most likely have any LGBT person sobbing by the time the credits are rolling. Go watch Pride, then go follow the LGSM twitter account to learn more about the true story of the film. You can also now buy the recently released Pride: The Book by Tim Tate!
I guess every generation has it's own version of "this thing is corrupting our youth!/making them grow up too fast!/sexualizing them!" This time it's social media. Before that it was rap music and video games. Before that it was rock music and comic books, before that it was Jazz music , reefers and flappers
(…) We did it because of our passion for the music drove us. Today that passion still makes us feel like eighteen-year-olds. But mostly it’s seeing a fan wrap his or her arms around one of us and hearing the words like “Your music got me through rehab… Your music kept me afloat… Your music saved my life.” - Joe Perry, Rocks. My life in and outside of Aerosmith
And so did with mine. He wasn’t afraid to dream. Even if no one were by his side. It was just a one hit. A moment. But that was enough. Because he was the one. The long-lost toxic brother. Cold eyes and fire in the soul. Hard body and the heart of gold. The shooting star. One of the greatest guitarists the world has ever seen. Unbroken. Phenomenon. An icon. An idol. The legend.
wish you strength, wish you health, wish you love, wish you simply… happiness. Wish you forever. Thank you forever.
the sun will soon set. Night will come. And tomorrow, a new day. For you - always. God bless. Anthony Joseph Pereira is 67 years old today.
I had the honor to work on this project! I got to pick out the 1980s and 2010s of Palestine! It was amazing and if you guys have any questions contact me through this blog or my personal @ghassankanafanis !!!