A plaque is to be unveiled to commemorate the founder of LGSM

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The group was founded in 1984 by Mark Ashton, the secretary of the Young Communist League. The founder died of AIDS-related conditions 3 years later. As told in the film Pride, Ashton and allies at the Gay’s the Word bookshop in London linked up with mining communities in south Wales to offer support against pit closures.
The bookshop, in Marchmont Street, Bloomsbury, which was chosen as a plaque location. The unveiling of the commemorative plaque will take place on what would have been Ashton’s 57th birthday. As well as collecting money in London’s gay bars and clubs, and raising around £20,000, LGSM also hosted the ‘Pits and Perverts’ concert, inspired by a tabloid newspaper headline.Co-founder Mike Jackson tells Morning Star: “To this day, Mark’s loss remains deeply felt by so many family members and friends. Driven, principled and charismatic, Mark would have achieved so much more if he had not died so young. We are so proud to now be installing a permanent memorial to our lost friend. Solidarity forever!”

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