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Birthday, Community, and Lesbians: maireddog: Mark Ashton died on this day, the 11th of February, in 1987. Mark was born on the 19th of May, 1960 in Oldham, but grew up in Portrush, Northern Ireland. He moved to London in 1978, where he worked in a bar in King’s Cross, in drag as a barmaid with a blonde beehive. In the 1980s, he volunteered for London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard, campaigned for CND and joined the Communist Party, becoming the first gay secretary of the Young Communist League. Though Mark transformed the Party’s approach to LGBT rights, he and Mike Jackson, who he’d met through Switchboard, wanted to be active as openly gay people. They formed Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) when they collected donations for miners on strike at 1984 Gay Pride. In the evening of 1984 Pride, a miner spoke at a rally, and they were struck by the similarities between the two struggle, of LGBT rights and the Miners’ Strike. Having collected about £150, they advertised a meeting in Capital Gay. 11 people turned up and from the meeting they made a leaflet to launch LGSM - the leaflet was accepted except with an amendment to ‘one in ten miners is gay.’ As LGSM, they supported the miners as lesbian and gay people. At the second meeting, they decided to focus on one community, of the Dulais Valley, as one of the members, Hugh Williams, was from there. They then met David (Dai) Donovan, who also had thought through the similarities of their struggles and how LGSM could help. A month later, 27 lesbians and gay men, arrived at Onllwyn village in Dulais Valley. Other than some hostility (and confusion towards vegetarianism), they experienced warmth, friendship and solidarity. LGSM raised £20,000 for families of miners on strike, and based on The Sun writing that “a group of perverts” were “supporting the pits,” they organised the Pits and Perverts concert in December, 1984, headlined by Bronski Beat. The miners marched with LGSM at Gay Pride in 1985. Mark was admitted to hospital on 30th January, 1987, and died 12 days later from pneumonia, aged 26. At his memorial, there were banners from the Communist Party, Anti-Apartheid, anti-nuclear, Caribbean and community groups, as well as from LGSM. The Mark Ashton Trust was created to support individuals diagnosed with Aids; Mark is also remembered on the UK Aids Memorial Quilt and by Terrence Higgins Trust, with the Mark Ashton Red Ribbon Fund and a plaque at their London headquarters. In 2017, on what would have been his 57th birthday, he was honoured with a blue plaque above Gay’s The Word bookshop. [Images: 1. Mark Ashton at Gay Pride 1981. 2. Mark Ashton at Gay Pride 1985, wearing a LGSM t-shirt and holding a pink “Communist Party” banner with the words “pinko commie queers.” 3. Blue plaque reading: “Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. Mark Ashton 1960-1987. Political and Community Activist. LGSM met at Gay’s the Word bookship on this site 1984/5.”]
Birthday, Community, and Lesbians: maireddog:
Mark Ashton died on this day, the 11th of February, in 1987. 
Mark 
was born on the 19th of May, 1960 in Oldham, but grew up in Portrush, Northern Ireland. He moved to London in 1978, where he worked in
 a bar in King’s Cross, in drag as a barmaid with a blonde beehive.
In
 the 1980s, he volunteered for London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard, 
campaigned for CND and joined the Communist Party, becoming the first gay secretary of the Young Communist League. Though Mark transformed the Party’s approach to LGBT rights, he and Mike Jackson, who he’d met through Switchboard, wanted to be active as openly gay people. They formed 
Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) when they collected donations for miners on strike at 1984 Gay Pride.
In the evening of 1984 Pride, a miner spoke at a rally, and they were struck by the similarities between the two struggle, of LGBT rights and the Miners’ Strike. Having collected about £150, they advertised a meeting in Capital Gay. 11 people turned up and from the meeting they made a leaflet to launch LGSM - the leaflet was accepted except with an amendment to ‘one in ten miners is gay.’ 
As LGSM, they supported the miners as lesbian and gay people. At the second meeting, they decided to focus on one community, of the Dulais Valley, as one of the members, Hugh Williams, was from there. They then met David (Dai) Donovan, who also had thought through the similarities of their struggles and how LGSM could help. A month later, 27 lesbians and gay men, arrived at Onllwyn village in Dulais Valley. 
Other than some hostility (and confusion towards vegetarianism), they experienced warmth, friendship and solidarity. LGSM raised £20,000 for families of miners on strike, and based on The Sun writing that “a group of perverts” were “supporting the pits,” they organised the Pits and Perverts concert in December, 1984, headlined by Bronski Beat. The miners marched with LGSM at Gay Pride in 1985. 
Mark was admitted to hospital on 30th January, 1987, and died 12 days later from pneumonia, aged 26. At his memorial, there were banners from the Communist Party, Anti-Apartheid, anti-nuclear, Caribbean and community groups, as well as from LGSM. The Mark Ashton Trust was created to support individuals 
diagnosed with Aids; Mark is also remembered on the UK Aids Memorial 
Quilt and by Terrence Higgins Trust, with the Mark Ashton Red Ribbon 
Fund and a plaque at their London headquarters. In 2017, on what would have been his 57th birthday, he was honoured with a blue 
plaque above Gay’s The Word bookshop. 

[Images: 1. Mark Ashton at Gay Pride 1981. 2. Mark Ashton at Gay 
Pride 
1985, wearing a LGSM t-shirt and holding a pink “Communist Party” banner
 with the words “pinko commie queers.” 3. Blue plaque reading: “Lesbians
 and Gays Support the Miners. Mark Ashton 1960-1987. Political and 
Community Activist. LGSM met at Gay’s the Word bookship on this site 
1984/5.”]

maireddog: Mark Ashton died on this day, the 11th of February, in 1987. Mark was born on the 19th of May, 1960 in Oldham, but grew up in P...

Community, Confidence, and Friends: L) faithinhumanityr Dear teenage boy at skate park: You're probably about fifteen years old, so I don't expect you to be very mature or for you to want a little girl on your skate ramp for that matter. What you don't know is that my daughter has been wanting to skateboard for months. I actually had to convince her that skateboarding wasn't for just for boys. So when we walked up to the skate park and saw that it was full of teenage boys who were smoking and swearing she immediately wanted to turn around and go home. I secretly wanted to go too because I didn't want to have to put on my mom voice and exchange words with you. I also didn't want my daughter to feel like she had to be scared of anyone, or that she wasn't entitled to that skate park just as much as you were. So when she said 'Mom it's full of older boys" I calmly said·So what, they don't own the skate park. She proceeded to go down the ramp in spite of you and your friends flying past her and grinding rails beside her. She only had two or three runs in before you approached her and said Hey, excuse me... immediately prepared to deliver my "She's allowed to use this park just as much as you guys' speech when I heard you say "You're feet are wrong. Can I help you?' You proceeded to spend almost an hour with my daughter showing her how to balance and steer, and she listened to you; A feat not attained by most adults! You held her hand and helped her get up when she fell down and I even heard you tell her to stay away from the rails so that she wouldn't get hurt. I want you to know that I am proud that you are part of my community, and I want to thank you for being kind to my daughter, even though your friends made fun of you for it. She left with a sense of pride and with the confidence that she can do anything, because of you. Helping hand
Community, Confidence, and Friends: L)
 faithinhumanityr
 Dear teenage boy at skate park: You're probably about fifteen years old, so I don't
 expect you to be very mature or for you to want a little girl on your skate ramp for
 that matter. What you don't know is that my daughter has been wanting to
 skateboard for months. I actually had to convince her that skateboarding wasn't for
 just for boys. So when we walked up to the skate park and saw that it was full of
 teenage boys who were smoking and swearing she immediately wanted to turn
 around and go home. I secretly wanted to go too because I didn't want to have to put
 on my mom voice and exchange words with you. I also didn't want my daughter to
 feel like she had to be scared of anyone, or that she wasn't entitled to that skate park
 just as much as you were. So when she said 'Mom it's full of older boys" I calmly
 said·So what, they don't own the skate park. She proceeded to go down the ramp
 in spite of you and your friends flying past her and grinding rails beside her. She only
 had two or three runs in before you approached her and said Hey, excuse me...
 immediately prepared to deliver my "She's allowed to use this park just as much as
 you guys' speech when I heard you say "You're feet are wrong. Can I help you?' You
 proceeded to spend almost an hour with my daughter showing her how to balance
 and steer, and she listened to you; A feat not attained by most adults! You held her
 hand and helped her get up when she fell down and I even heard you tell her to stay
 away from the rails so that she wouldn't get hurt. I want you to know that I am proud
 that you are part of my community, and I want to thank you for being kind to my
 daughter, even though your friends made fun of you for it. She left with a sense of
 pride and with the confidence that she can do anything, because of you.
Helping hand

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Community, Confidence, and Friends: L) faithinhumanityr Dear teenage boy at skate park: You're probably about fifteen years old, so I don't expect you to be very mature or for you to want a little girl on your skate ramp for that matter. What you don't know is that my daughter has been wanting to skateboard for months. I actually had to convince her that skateboarding wasn't for just for boys. So when we walked up to the skate park and saw that it was full of teenage boys who were smoking and swearing she immediately wanted to turn around and go home. I secretly wanted to go too because I didn't want to have to put on my mom voice and exchange words with you. I also didn't want my daughter to feel like she had to be scared of anyone, or that she wasn't entitled to that skate park just as much as you were. So when she said 'Mom it's full of older boys" I calmly said·So what, they don't own the skate park. She proceeded to go down the ramp in spite of you and your friends flying past her and grinding rails beside her. She only had two or three runs in before you approached her and said Hey, excuse me... immediately prepared to deliver my "She's allowed to use this park just as much as you guys' speech when I heard you say "You're feet are wrong. Can I help you?' You proceeded to spend almost an hour with my daughter showing her how to balance and steer, and she listened to you; A feat not attained by most adults! You held her hand and helped her get up when she fell down and I even heard you tell her to stay away from the rails so that she wouldn't get hurt. I want you to know that I am proud that you are part of my community, and I want to thank you for being kind to my daughter, even though your friends made fun of you for it. She left with a sense of pride and with the confidence that she can do anything, because of you. Helping hand
Community, Confidence, and Friends: L)
 faithinhumanityr
 Dear teenage boy at skate park: You're probably about fifteen years old, so I don't
 expect you to be very mature or for you to want a little girl on your skate ramp for
 that matter. What you don't know is that my daughter has been wanting to
 skateboard for months. I actually had to convince her that skateboarding wasn't for
 just for boys. So when we walked up to the skate park and saw that it was full of
 teenage boys who were smoking and swearing she immediately wanted to turn
 around and go home. I secretly wanted to go too because I didn't want to have to put
 on my mom voice and exchange words with you. I also didn't want my daughter to
 feel like she had to be scared of anyone, or that she wasn't entitled to that skate park
 just as much as you were. So when she said 'Mom it's full of older boys" I calmly
 said·So what, they don't own the skate park. She proceeded to go down the ramp
 in spite of you and your friends flying past her and grinding rails beside her. She only
 had two or three runs in before you approached her and said Hey, excuse me...
 immediately prepared to deliver my "She's allowed to use this park just as much as
 you guys' speech when I heard you say "You're feet are wrong. Can I help you?' You
 proceeded to spend almost an hour with my daughter showing her how to balance
 and steer, and she listened to you; A feat not attained by most adults! You held her
 hand and helped her get up when she fell down and I even heard you tell her to stay
 away from the rails so that she wouldn't get hurt. I want you to know that I am proud
 that you are part of my community, and I want to thank you for being kind to my
 daughter, even though your friends made fun of you for it. She left with a sense of
 pride and with the confidence that she can do anything, because of you.
Helping hand

Helping hand

Community, Confidence, and Friends: L) faithinhumanityr Dear teenage boy at skate park: You're probably about fifteen years old, so I don't expect you to be very mature or for you to want a little girl on your skate ramp for that matter. What you don't know is that my daughter has been wanting to skateboard for months. I actually had to convince her that skateboarding wasn't for just for boys. So when we walked up to the skate park and saw that it was full of teenage boys who were smoking and swearing she immediately wanted to turn around and go home. I secretly wanted to go too because I didn't want to have to put on my mom voice and exchange words with you. I also didn't want my daughter to feel like she had to be scared of anyone, or that she wasn't entitled to that skate park just as much as you were. So when she said 'Mom it's full of older boys" I calmly said·So what, they don't own the skate park. She proceeded to go down the ramp in spite of you and your friends flying past her and grinding rails beside her. She only had two or three runs in before you approached her and said Hey, excuse me... immediately prepared to deliver my "She's allowed to use this park just as much as you guys' speech when I heard you say "You're feet are wrong. Can I help you?' You proceeded to spend almost an hour with my daughter showing her how to balance and steer, and she listened to you; A feat not attained by most adults! You held her hand and helped her get up when she fell down and I even heard you tell her to stay away from the rails so that she wouldn't get hurt. I want you to know that I am proud that you are part of my community, and I want to thank you for being kind to my daughter, even though your friends made fun of you for it. She left with a sense of pride and with the confidence that she can do anything, because of you. Helping hand via /r/wholesomememes http://bit.ly/2t4oMUO
Community, Confidence, and Friends: L)
 faithinhumanityr
 Dear teenage boy at skate park: You're probably about fifteen years old, so I don't
 expect you to be very mature or for you to want a little girl on your skate ramp for
 that matter. What you don't know is that my daughter has been wanting to
 skateboard for months. I actually had to convince her that skateboarding wasn't for
 just for boys. So when we walked up to the skate park and saw that it was full of
 teenage boys who were smoking and swearing she immediately wanted to turn
 around and go home. I secretly wanted to go too because I didn't want to have to put
 on my mom voice and exchange words with you. I also didn't want my daughter to
 feel like she had to be scared of anyone, or that she wasn't entitled to that skate park
 just as much as you were. So when she said 'Mom it's full of older boys" I calmly
 said·So what, they don't own the skate park. She proceeded to go down the ramp
 in spite of you and your friends flying past her and grinding rails beside her. She only
 had two or three runs in before you approached her and said Hey, excuse me...
 immediately prepared to deliver my "She's allowed to use this park just as much as
 you guys' speech when I heard you say "You're feet are wrong. Can I help you?' You
 proceeded to spend almost an hour with my daughter showing her how to balance
 and steer, and she listened to you; A feat not attained by most adults! You held her
 hand and helped her get up when she fell down and I even heard you tell her to stay
 away from the rails so that she wouldn't get hurt. I want you to know that I am proud
 that you are part of my community, and I want to thank you for being kind to my
 daughter, even though your friends made fun of you for it. She left with a sense of
 pride and with the confidence that she can do anything, because of you.
Helping hand via /r/wholesomememes http://bit.ly/2t4oMUO

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Community, Confidence, and Friends: faithinhumanityr Dear teenage boy at skate park: You're probably about fifteen years old, so I don't expect you to be very mature or for you to want a little girl on your skate ramp for that matter. What you don't know is that my daughter has been wanting to skateboard for months. I actually had to convince her that skateboarding wasn't for just for boys. So when we walked up to the skate park and saw that it was full of teenage boys who were smoking and swearing she immediately wanted to turn around and go home. I secretly wanted to go too because I didn't want to have to put on my mom voice and exchange words with you. I also didn't want my daughter to feel like she had to be scared of anyone, or that she wasn't entitled to that skate park just as much as you were. So when she said Mom it's full of older boys"I calmly said So what, they don't own the skate park" She proceeded to go down the ramp in spite of you and your friends flying past her and grinding rails beside her. She only had two or three runs in before you approached her and said 'Hey, excuse me... immediately prepared to deliver my "She's allowed to use this park just as much as you guys' speech when I heard you say "You're feet are wrong. Can I help you?" You proceeded to spend almost an hour with my daughter showing her how to balance and steer, and she listened to you; A feat not attained by most adults! You held her hand and helped her get up when she fell down and I even heard you tell her to stay away from the rails so that she wouldn't get hurt. I want you to know that I am proud that you are part of my community, and I want to thank you for being kind to my daughter, even though your friends made fun of you for it. She left with a sense of pride and with the confidence that she can do anything, because of you. Wholesome comes from many places
Community, Confidence, and Friends: faithinhumanityr
 Dear teenage boy at skate park: You're probably about fifteen years old, so I don't
 expect you to be very mature or for you to want a little girl on your skate ramp for
 that matter. What you don't know is that my daughter has been wanting to
 skateboard for months. I actually had to convince her that skateboarding wasn't for
 just for boys. So when we walked up to the skate park and saw that it was full of
 teenage boys who were smoking and swearing she immediately wanted to turn
 around and go home. I secretly wanted to go too because I didn't want to have to put
 on my mom voice and exchange words with you. I also didn't want my daughter to
 feel like she had to be scared of anyone, or that she wasn't entitled to that skate park
 just as much as you were. So when she said Mom it's full of older boys"I calmly
 said So what, they don't own the skate park" She proceeded to go down the ramp
 in spite of you and your friends flying past her and grinding rails beside her. She only
 had two or three runs in before you approached her and said 'Hey, excuse me...
 immediately prepared to deliver my "She's allowed to use this park just as much as
 you guys' speech when I heard you say "You're feet are wrong. Can I help you?" You
 proceeded to spend almost an hour with my daughter showing her how to balance
 and steer, and she listened to you; A feat not attained by most adults! You held her
 hand and helped her get up when she fell down and I even heard you tell her to stay
 away from the rails so that she wouldn't get hurt. I want you to know that I am proud
 that you are part of my community, and I want to thank you for being kind to my
 daughter, even though your friends made fun of you for it. She left with a sense of
 pride and with the confidence that she can do anything, because of you.
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