Mark Ashton

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Birthday
19, 1960
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Feb 11, 1987 (26)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
19, 1960
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Feb 11, 1987 (26)

About

Remembered for his gay rights activism and for his membership in the British Communist Party, he co-founded the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners movement and served as General Secretary of the Young Communist League. Tragically, he died at age twenty-six of an AIDS-related illness.

Before Fame

In the late 1970s, he attended Northern Ireland's Hotel and Catering College and went on to work in drag at a London pub. During this period, he also volunteered for an organization known as the London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard.

Trivia

He appeared in a 1983, Grierson Award-winning documentary film titled Framed Youth: The Revenge of the Teenage Perverts.

Family Life

He spent his earliest years in Oldham, Lancashire, England, and the remainder of his youth in Portrush, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Associated With

American actor Ben Schnetzer portrays Ashton in the 2014 film Pride.