Plaque for ‘first modern lesbian’ to be reworded after complaints

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Tribute at a church in York does not mention that entrepreneur Anne Lister was a lesbian

A blue plaque celebrating a woman described as “the first modern lesbian” is to be changed after complaints that it “erased” her sexuality. The tribute to 19th-century diarist Anne Lister described her as “gender-nonconforming”, but did not explicitly say she was a lesbian.

The plaque was unveiled on 24 July at Holy Trinity church in York, marking the location where Lister received communion with her girlfriend after exchanging rings at home almost 200 years ago.

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