York tribute to 19th-century diarist Anne Lister describes her as ‘gender-nonconforming’

A plaque dedicated to a 19th-century mountaineer and diarist who has been called the “first modern lesbian” has been criticised for describing her as “gender-nonconforming” rather than lesbian.

The blue plaque dedicated to Anne Lister was installed by York Civic Trust outside the Holy Trinity church in York last week. It marks the spot where she and her partner, Ann Walker, took communion together in 1834, after exchanging vows and rings, an event Lister viewed as their wedding.

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