Why Were All LGBTQ References Edited From The U.S. DVD Of Pride?

Photo: Courtesy of CBS Films.
There's something missing on the DVD packaging for U.S. edition of Pride. The synopsis of the Golden Globe-nominated British film, based on the true events of LGBT activists supporting the Welsh miner strikes in Thatcher-era U.K., has removed all references to homosexuality.
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The original synopsis reads: "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." The U.S. DVD cover (seen above) has omitted mentioning any "gay and lesbian" activists; instead, referring to the protagonists as "London-based activists."
The image above the brief also appears to have been digitally altered to remove the banner proclaiming "Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners."
When we reached out to CBS, someone with knowledge said it is actively investigating a "bureaucratic error" between the two production companies, Sony and CBS, and that Pride's website has remained truthful to the nature of the film for months.
Whatever happened, it's strange that any reference to gay and lesbian activists would be removed for U.S. audiences as the campaign for Pride didn't hide the fact it featured a strong LGBT story. The production company has been very upfront about the problem on its Twitter account, tweeting a link to an old Los Angeles Times review — like its Amazon page — that gives a more accurate summary of the film's events. (The Independent)
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