Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Taking Pride, and Being Human and Kind

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Taking Pride, and Being Human and Kind

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THE Pits and Perverts Concert took place on December 10, 1984.

It was the Thatcher era in Britain, and the Miners Strike was at its peak.

For the concert headliners, Bronski Beat, it was to be one of their last gigs in their original format. Lead singer Jimmy Somerville quit to set up The Communards in April the following year.

The gig was a benefit event organised by the London Lesbian and Gays Support the Miners group.

The concert itself was a huge financial success, raising about $11,000 for striking miners and their families in South Wales.

But it was also the scene of a truly historic political breakthrough when a spokesperson from the National Union of Mineworkers got up on the stage to tell the 1500-strong audience:

"You have worn our badge, 'Coal not Dole', and you know what harassment means, as we do.

"Now we will pin your badge on us; we will support you.

"It won't change overnight, but now 140,000 miners know that there are other causes and other problems. …

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