Thank you to everyone who came to our conference on Friday, to all our speakers and to Joanne Lockwood and Russell Thackeray who not only put the whole event together but who hosted it with such skill.
We wanted a conference that gave our attendees the tools to be better allies, to understand more about not the process of transition but what it is like to be trans, day in, day out and most importantly what it is like when being trans is simply an aspect of who you are.
UK Disability History Month started on the 18th November so today I’d like to reflect a little on what I took away from the sadness of Trans Day of Remembrance and joining that with some broader thoughts about inclusion and access
On Friday as I wrote out the list of names I thought not only of the people whose lives were taken but about the people who captured their passing, those researchers who in their questioning are shining a light on how trans people are being treated around the world. The number of names was higher than ever and each Name
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
Back on the 21st April 2018 Chrysalis began our own transition, building on the strong foundations of those who had gone before and moving from a small, family led organisation to a robust, professional charity with ambitions for the world stage, on the 26th January 2019 the membership voted to make us a Charitable Incorporated Organisation with a brand new constitution and on Saturday 7th November 2020 it was my great pleasure to take part in our annual general meeting, celebrating our achievements and showcasing the incredible charity we are to our volunteers, group members and supporters.
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
Today’s blog is brought to you by the power of programming, the will of our Social Media Officer Callum, the literary convention of asking rhetorical questions and me sticking to the tasks laid out in my diary and writing a blog in advance because I’m on annual leave today.
Monday 26th October is Intersex Awareness Day, a day relevant to Chrysalis as a charity supporting trans, non-binary and questioning people although Chrysalis and the support we offer is not necessarily important, or relevant, to those who are intersex.
Here at Chrysalis we surf the wave of understanding about gender, and gender identity.
Are you human? That’s what the website asked me as I signed in this morning and it’s got me thinking. How do I know I’m human, what does being human mean to me and in these times of strangeness how do I keep my sense of human connectedness, how do you keep yours?
The second Tuesday of every month is Intrusion, it has been for years, the longest running Goth night in the country outside of London and a great evening. Worth driving from Southampton to Oxford for, a chance to get dressed up and to see good friends. During lockdown
Today I changed the flag in my background and I hope to encourage you to do so too.
This week Chrysalis launches our allies visibility campaign where we encourage allies everywhere to Fly the Trans Flag during Trans Awareness Week 13th – 19th November. Everyone needs allies, everyone needs friends, someone they can trust and turn to. Chrysalis has long been that ally to trans people and in all our engagement with professionals, indeed with people everywhere, we meet more allies. We meet the person who when their friend comes out to them says “cool, how can I support you?”, we meet
Congratulations Josie, Chrysalis volunteer of the month.
“Josie has been a constant volunteer throughout lockdown. Nothing was too much trouble when asked, especially when she was asked to help support and promote the Tour de Trans. Little did we know how she was going to throw herself into this project and sporting her rainbow trousers she followed the ride all around the country. We just want her to know how special she is to us here at Chrysalis and thank her for the many many hours of time she put into this project.” – Sheila, Volunteer Coordinator
When Paeton first came forward
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.