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London Borough of Camden in Greater London County, England, United Kingdom
 

Mark Ashton

1960 - 1987

 
 
Mark Ashton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 14, 2018
1. Mark Ashton Marker
Inscription.  
Political and
Community Activist
LGSM met at
Gay's The Word
bookshop on
this site
1984/5

 
Erected by Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsLabor Unions.
 
Location. 51° 31.526′ N, 0° 7.518′ W. Marker is in London Borough of Camden, England, in Greater London County. Marker is at the intersection of Marchmont Street and Tavistock Place, on the left when traveling south on Marchmont Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 66 Marchmont Street, London Borough of Camden, England WC1N 1AB, United Kingdom. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William Empson (a few steps from this marker); Emlyn Williams (within shouting distance of this marker); Kenneth Williams (within shouting distance of this marker); William Reeve (within shouting distance of this marker); Lenin (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to the Marchmont Community Garden
Gay's The Word Bookstore and Mark Ashton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 14, 2018
2. Gay's The Word Bookstore and Mark Ashton Marker
"Gay's The Word is the only specifically lesbian and gay bookstore in the United Kingdom." - Wikipedia
(within shouting distance of this marker); Jerome K. Jerome (within shouting distance of this marker); Mary Anne Clarke (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in London Borough of Camden.
 
Also see . . .
1. Mark Ashton (Wikipedia). "Mark Christian Ashton (19 May 1960 – 11 February 1987) was a British gay rights activist and member of the Communist Party of Great Britain....He formed, with his friend Mike Jackson, the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) support group after the two men collected donations for the miners on strike at the 1984 Lesbian and Gay Pride march in London....After LGSM, he became involved in the Red Wedge collective[4] and became the General Secretary of the Young Communist League from 1985 to 1986....Diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, Ashton was admitted to Guy's Hospital on 30 January 1987 and died 12 days later of Pneumocystis pneumonia. His death prompted a significant response from the gay community, particularly in publication and attendance at his funeral at Lambeth Cemetery." (Submitted on March 23, 2018.) 

2. About LGSM (LGSM). "The London Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) group was formed in July 1984,
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four months into the year-long miners’ strike of 1984-5. Founding members Mike Jackson and Mark Ashton had organised a bucket collection to support the striking miners on the June 1984 London Pride march and decided that more needed to be done to raise awareness of the miners’ cause in the London lesbian and gay community...." (Submitted on March 23, 2018.) 
 
Additional keywords. LGBT LGBTQ
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 13, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 23, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 106 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 23, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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