Still from film Pride

Ones to Watch: Screening of 'Pride' plus Q&A with with activists Mike Jackson and Reggie Blennerhassett

Thursday 26 Aug 2021 - 6:45pm

Ulster University LGBTQ+ Staff Network in partnership with Ones to Watch at the Nerve Centre will host a virtual screening of Pride followed by a Q&A with activists Mike Jackson and Reggie Blennerhassett on Thursday 26th August at 6.45pm as part of this years Foyle Pride Festival.

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PRIDE is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It's the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers' families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all...

Following the screening, a panel discussion will take place featuring Mike Jackson and Reggie Blennerhassett from the film, joined by Kathleen Bradley, Foyle Pride Festival Chairperson, and hosted by Dr Victoria McCollum, Ulster University.

Mike Jackson was and remains Secretary of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) and is one of a small legacy group responding to speaker requests and selling LGSM merchandise for good causes. He retired in 2019 and lives in London.

Reggie Blennerhassett was a member of the LGSM and went on to become a member of the Mark Ashton Trust which was set up after the death of Mark Ashton, co-founder of LGSM. In his most recent role as COO and Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Roehampton, Reggie has been the senior champion for LGBTQ+ rights.

The theme for this years Foyle Pride Festival is Light at the End of the Rainbow focusing on the impact of Covid 19 on the mental health of the LGBTQ+ community.

The event will take place via Zoom on Thursday 26th August 2021 and begins with an introduction at 6.45pm.

Ticket holders will receive a Zoom link for Intro, Q&A and film via email prior to the screening.

Tickets are free and available to book here: