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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 23:24

The plaque commemorating the union between two women of the last century will correctly mention their sexual orientation

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In York, Anne Lister's commemorative plaque will be modified so that her sexuality is perfectly written.

Anne Lister is a lesbian woman who lived in the nineteenth century, between 1791 and 1840. She is best known for her journals in which she has shared her life and her relationships with other women. In 2011, the United Nations recognized her journals as a "pivotal" document in British history.

Almost two hundred years ago, Anne Lister married her girlfriend Ann Walker and, as a tribute to this union, a commemorative plaque was placed on the walls of the Holy Trinity Church in York, a city in the North East of England.

However, the plaque described Lister as "gender-nonconforming." Her sexuality was actually erased after complaints. And the colors of the rainbow showing her LGBT identity were not in the right order. So Julie Furlong launched a so that the errors are corrected.

The petition stated: "Anne Lister was, most definitely, gender non-conforming all her life. She was also, however, a lesbian.

"Don't let them erase this iconic woman from our history."

The story ends well as the York Civic Trust, which deals with commemorative plaque systems in the city, agreed to correct the wording. They also apologized for the rainbow colors.

"The plaque is intended to be a positive celebration of the union of Anne Lister and Ann Walker, and this remains the case," the York Civic Trust said.

"The last thing we wanted to do was to cause offense or upset to any community."

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