Published: 21 October 2015

PRIDE: Dai Donovan and Mike Jackson

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Dai Donovan and Mike Jackson will be speaking at a special lecture organised by The University of Liverpool LGBT+ Society to discuss the real life events behind the critically acclaimed film, Pride.

Admired as two of the most influential figures in the LGBT+ rights movement in the 1980s, they are both linked to the inspirational events told in the storyline of the 2014 film.

Dai Donovan was a miner during the 1984 strike whose community was aided by London-based LGBT group LGSM (Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners), of which Mike Jackson was a founding member.

By the end of the strike, LGSM had raised around £11,000 as a single supporting charity through events such as the famous Pits and Perverts Benefit Concert held at the Electric Ballroom in Camden Town, London. Even after the events of the strike, the two groups remained close and this is known to be the basis of the block voting for the Labour party’s commitment to LGBT rights in 1985 – a huge turning point for LGBT rights throughout the UK.

The FREE event will take place on Thursday, 22 October 2015 at 1pm in the Harold Wilson Room, Liverpool Guild of Students.

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