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VHS doc on Lesbian and Gays Support the Miners benefit at the Hacienda in March 1985. Interviews with Paul Cons, Tony Wilson, Debbie Withall, Pete Shelley, The RedSkins.

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Paul Cons interview excerpt:

"Nationally, Lesbians and Gays Support The Miners was started in 1984 after Gay Pride in London and quickly spread to other towns. We set up the Manchester group in October. We decided that because we hadn't managed to raise much money around gay clubs and therefore hadn't been able to publicise LGSM amongst the gay community in Manchester, the most effective way to do that would be to hold a very large benefit in Manchester.

Only as a separate group could we draw attention to the fact that lesbians and gays are involved in the miners' dispute.
We felt that that was important in terms of taking the miners' dispute to the gay community, and taking gays to the miners. We wanted to bring out the links between the miners struggle and our struggle."

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Artefact added : 26th May 2010
by Abigail
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