This week is Trans Awareness Week, a week when trans people and their allies raise awareness of what it is to be trans and some of the challenges that trans people experience in the UK and around the world. The week culminates in Transgender Day of Remembrance on the 20th November, when we gather to remember those whose lives were taken from them through violence in the past year. Each year from 2016 that number has risen, I hope that this year sees a turning point, that now those numbers generated through hate, discrimination, fear and lack of understanding
It’s 2020 and the times they are indeed a changing, with Chrysalis leading the way. Today my blog draws together the themes of November. Building that bigger picture of which we are all a part.
Fly the trans flag
If you’ve been following our social media over the last few weeks then you will have seen some of the great ways that you can be an ally, hints and tips that help make someone else’s life that bit easier, that bit better. It can be as simple as getting pronouns right or working behind the scenes to neutralise gendered language in policy
This week I would like to talk about sports supporter raising money for Chrysalis including London Marathon runner Amy , Paeton and Chris and our trustee Scott as they cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats, our our incredible volunteers such as Olly providing one-to-one chats to keep people connected, and what I am involved with.
Everyone has the right to feel safe and included in our local community and not feel like they constantly risk being the victim of hate crimes. Join us and #FlyTheTransFlag to demonstrate you’re an ally of the trans community. (more…)