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Ashton, Mark Christian (1960–1987), communist and gay activist, was born at Woodfield Maternity Home, Oldham, Lancashire, on 19 May 1960, the first of two children and eldest son of Robert Ashton, cotton carder, and his wife, Joan, née Simpson. He grew up and was educated in ...


Anthony Edgar Gartside Wright (1927–2010) by unknown photographer private collection


Wright, Anthony Edgar Gartside [pseud. Antony Grey] (1927–2010), gay rights campaigner, was born at Settle, Northenden Road, Northen Etchells, near Gatley, Cheshire, on 6 October 1927, the only child of Thomas Alexander Wright (1900–1962), chartered accountant, and his wife, Gladys (1896–1984), daughter of a Syrian-born ...