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Thinking about Black History Month

September 28, 2020
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Morning all, it’s a fine crisp Autumn day as we enter the final few months of 2020. I’m not writing a synopsis of the year but I am aware that we are living in historic times. This year we have been forced to think about mortality, society and difference in a way that would not even have been possible in the days before the internet. We have been immersed in world events, been able to educate ourselves about viral science and social science. We have turned our lives upside down and yet also tried to carry on as normal.

Th 1st

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Administrative Assistant – Salaried – Southampton

September 25, 2020
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Location Description: Southampton
Area: Hampshire
Type of Position: Office and Home based
Salary: £17,550 pro rata, six month contract
Time Commitment: 12 hours per week (2 x 6 hour days or 3 x 4 hour days)
Closing Date: 1st October 2020

Are you interested in joining the Chrysalis team?

We are looking for a new team member to support our Volunteer Coordinator and office team for a six-month period as we move forward with core service delivery and learn to co-exist with COVID-19.

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Reform of the Gender Recognition Act

September 22, 2020
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The government have published their much delayed response to the consultation for reform of the gender recognition act. I am saddened to read that no substantive changes to that outdated piece of legislation will be forthcoming although it is nice to be reminded that “the Equality Act clearly protects transgender people from discrimination.”
Trans people have been dragged through the court of vitriol and the subjected to the worst of human nature because the government consulted us and we said that it would be nice if they could make our lives a little
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Awareness, visibility and understanding

September 21, 2020
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Validity and Visibility

It’s #BiWeek2020, time to recognise and celebrate all the bisexual people out there with an international day of visibility on the 23rd September. Sexuality and gender identity are completely separate yet our shared experiences under the rainbow flag mean that it’s important to us here at Chrysalis to celebrate all gained freedoms, respect and understanding.

Trans people come in all shapes and sizes, all sexualities and none. For some of us finding out who we like can also be part of finding out our own identity, our own authenticity.

Bisexual means attracted to more than one gender,

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What on earth is CRM and why do we want it?

September 14, 2020
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For this mornings blog I’m going to take a broader view of what is going on, look outside the monitors on my desk and give you an update of breathtaking vistas, of change and development and innovation. Time to talk about the projects that are going on behind the scenes and in particular the software that is going to make all our lives easier.

I’ve spoken a bit about our CRM project and perhaps left you wondering what all the fuss is about, why would Chrysalis, who exist to support trans, non-binary and questioning people and their families and friends with

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Coffee, CiviCRM and Cats

September 7, 2020
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I feel called out! Have you ever been in that position where you thought you were getting away with it but actually those around you had spotted your worst habits and were just waiting for the opportunity to take the mickey?

Apparently I don’t finish my hot drinks, I have a terrible habit of leaving a third of a cup of tea. So on Friday I was presented with a two gulp cup of coffee. I mean really! There’s a massive different between tea and coffee isn’t there? And if you drink coffee black you just keep topping it up. No

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Humbled

September 1, 2020
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Congratulations to our Tour de Trans riders and support team. Paeton and Callum you are incredible. The work that has gone into the Tour by yourselves, Em your without whom there would have been no warm, no food and no vehicle and also by our Social Media team Callum and An and your tour manager Josie is truly humbling. What an epic ride. Neither rain nor storm nor glom of nit stopped our riders as they travelled from Land’s End to John O’Groats. The terrifying drop off of Purbeck Ridge and the wonderful welcome in Waymouth that made it all

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Tiny Car isn’t always mighty

August 24, 2020
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Tiny Car is mighty but even Tiny Car can’t survive having the internal light on for a weekend. So guess who is currently stuck in Stevenage waiting for Halfords to open so they can purchase a new battery. All through lockdown Tiny Car was resting, recouping its strength after the shock of doubling its mileage in a year. Tiny Car started first time. Tiny Car only needed some brake pads and things and off we travelled again. But woe, brought down by the simplest of things!

I don’t know if you have been out and about, Tiny Car and I have

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Life – even sideways it’s beautiful

August 17, 2020
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Did you know it’s only 75 days until Halloween? That’s really not long to make sure that you have lots of inflatable dragons for the front garden and black and orange bunting for the hall. What are your plans? Are you looking forward to the dark nights curled up on the sofa with the heating on? Can you remember what heating is? I’m not sure I can. What a beautiful summer it has been, or am I alone in liking scorching hot nights and sleeping on top of the covers?

So I’m back to it after two glorious weeks off exploring

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