Call for a Public Memorial to Mark Ashton, LGBT campaigner in Portrush where he grew up

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11 February 2021 falls within both LGBT History Month and the centenary year of Northern Ireland and is the anniversary of the death of Mark Ashton.

Mark Ashton grew up in Portrush, went to Catering College in Coleraine and spoke with a north Antrim accent. He was played by Ben Schnetzer in the 2014 film "Pride" which tells his amazing story of activism, including co-founding Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) to support striking Welsh miners. In a tale of solidarity, the miners reciprocated, with trade unions bringing crucial motions of support for gay rights which, in the end, changed Government policy and made the lives of LGBT people a little better.

Mark Ashton died on 11 February 1987 through AIDs. Paris has a garden named after Mark, London has a Blue Plaque for Mark but Northern Ireland has nothing.

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