Suranne Jones unveils Anne Lister statue in a trailblazing moment for #WLW visibility

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Get planning that lesbian pilgrimage, DIVAs BY ELEANOR NOYCE, IMAGE BY SURANNE JONES. In a historic moment for LGBTQIA+ representation, a sparkling new statue of nineteenth-century diarist Anne Lister has been unveiled in her hometown of Halifax. A £25,000 installation, it is titled Contemplation, and is now on permanent display at the famous Grade I-listed [….]

Anne Lister is 230 this weekend and we’re celebrating in style

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Gentleman Jack is 230 and looking fine! 🥳 BY DIVA STAFF Thousands of Anne Lister fans will come together online this weekend to celebrate the famous diarists’ birthday.  Saturday 3 April 2021 would have been the scholar, traveller, businesswoman and landowner’s 230th birthday. It’s also a landmark year for her Halifax home, Shibden Hall, which [….]

SCREEN: Keep your eyes peeled for these queer TV shows in 2021

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New seasons and new shows galore 📺 BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS The promise of new TV shows has been an absolute lifeline this year. With Covid restrictions keeping us indoors for the most of the year, we’ve practically become best friends with the TV screen.  Even though the pandemic put many productions to a halt or [….]

Gentleman Jack: “What would Anne Lister do?”

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Gentleman Jack fan, Rachael Biggs, shares a personal essay drawing inspiration from Anne Lister in our new issue  WORDS BY RACHAEL BIGGS, IMAGE BY JAY BROOKS When times are tough, it’s only right that we look towards our queer icons for help. Rachael Biggs has drawn plenty of inspiration from the world’s most famous lesbian [….]

SCREEN: Your Gentleman Jack season two update

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Gentleman Jack is back, baby  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Next year is already looking that little bit brighter with season two of Gentleman Jack on the cards. The BBC has yet to announce a start date for season two, but filming is currently taking place, so it looks like the new series will start in 2021. [….]

FROM THE VAULTS: Me and Anne Lister

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Author, historian and “Lister Sister” Anne Choma discusses the impact of Gentleman Jack on her life – and ours BY ANNE CHOMA It’s been 12 months now since Gentleman Jack first aired on British and American TV, catapulting the extraordinary life of Regency diarist and lesbian Anne Lister into the global mainstream. When I cast [….]

FROM THE VAULTS: Dear diary, take me back to Shibden Hall…

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Roxy Bourdillon heads up north on a Gentleman Jack mini-break BY ROXY BOURDILLON Hold onto your top hat, because I am on the lesbian pilgrimage. A part of me still can’t quite believe there even is a lesbian pilgrimage, and yet there must be because here I am on it, exploring the dykey delights of [….]