The time is right for first public Statue of Britain's first out modern lesbian, Anne Lister of Halifax.

Did you know that only 3% of Britain's public sculptures are to named women, and none at all are to out and named Lesbians? The time is right, indeed, long over due, for a public statue of Anne Lister, the first Modern British Lesbian!

Anne Lister (1791 – 1840) was exceptional in everything she did. A highly educated scholar at a time when women were not allowed to attend universities, a polyglot, intrepid traveller, hill walker, mountaineer, industrialist, entrepreneur, phenomenal diarist and openly a lover of women, all this in the Regency and early Victorian eras. Visitors to her home at Shibden Hall will find out about her life, but there is no public recognition or tribute to this extraordinary woman in her home town of Halifax, West Yorkshire or anywhere else in the UK.

Bronze sculptor (and lesbian history tutor) Ama Menec has sent a proposal to Calderdale Council for a dynamic life sized statue of Anne Lister for Shibden Hall which she intends to make as a tribute to this remarkable lesbian, but Calderdale Council need persuading that there is a public need for such a sculpture. Ama believes she can secure funding to make and to install this public sculpture at little or no costs to Calderdale Council.

Please sign this petition and share it with friends if you would like to see a public statue, the first of its kind in the UK, commissioned by Calderdale Council of the remarkable Anne Lister. Thank you. Feel free to comment why this is important to you as well, thanks. You can find out more about Anne Lister on https://www.facebook.com/apublicstatueofannelister and please do invite your friends to 'like' this page too, thank you.

Update #39 hours ago
Diva Magazine have got behind my petition by publishing a short article about it in the Views section: http://www.divamag.co.uk/Diva-Magazine/ . I hope this will get the word out there leading to more signatures and more of those crucial comments. Thanks Diva Magazine, we've just one week to go to push the signatures past the 10,000 mark! Please keep sharing and if you haven't left a comment yet, it isn't too late to do so. Thanks!
Update #22 days ago
I shall be sending this petition to Calderdale Council by the 21st December. It would be awesome to get the number of signatures near to 10,000 by then & even more wonderful to get many more comments as to why this matters. Please encourage Calderdale Council to be brave & accept this ground breaking piece of public art, not just the first of its kind for the UK, but possibly the first anywhere. Please leave a comment if you haven't already & encourage your friends to sign & share too. Thank you
Update #17 days ago
I'm amazed by the number of people who have signed my petition for a public Statue of the 1st out modern lesbian Anne Lister; thank you so much!
I'm especially pleased with the comments about why this matters to you, as I believe it is these personal statements which will convince Calderdale Council of the need for more visibility in public art of all of our histories. I don't believe we will win any kind of proper equality in society without it. Please continue to share this petition, thanks x!
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