In the summer of 1984, Ronald Reagan was in the White House and his evil twin, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was in power in Great Britain. More than 100,000 coal miners held the longest strike in British history against the closing of 20 coal pits, which would lay off tens of thousands of workers and effectively bust the mineworker’s union. This bitter strike prompted a group of gay and lesbian activists to try to raise money to support the strikers’ families. After all, both groups were being victimized by the same government. Helping blue collar strikers turned out to be a big challenge when anti-gay bias and discrimination stood in the way.Today’s movie PRIDE, shows us that solidarity can and often must be forged with “unlikely alliances” … that through this alliance building process, workers learn that they can set their sights higher for what is possible.