My wife and I started watching ‘Gentleman Jack’ on the BBC a few years ago, and we absolutely loved the protagonist, Anne Lister, who was brilliantly portrayed by Suranne Jones. Anne kept extensive diaries about her life and lesbian relationships (written partly in code!) which is what the historical drama is based on.
It was exhilarating to watch Anne march around 1830s Halifax, constantly glancing down at her pocket-watch to manage a busy schedule packed full of local business meetings and meetings with her lesbian lover, Ann Walker (albeit secretly, although sometimes not-so-secretly!).
Aside from enjoying watching her expertly talk down to anyone who might have dared to look down on her or her lifestyle, Anne was inspirational in every sense of the word. She loved who she loved, she wore what she felt comfortable in, she skilfully managed her household and looked after her family, and she was good-humoured, fair, but never a push over.
“Anne was inspirational in every sense of the word. She loved who she loved... she skilfully managed her household... and she was good-humoured, fair, but never a push over.”
Wellcome Sanger Institute