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It’s all about the exercise

April 27, 2020
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Congratulations to our London Marathon runner Amy who continues to run and raise money for Chrysalis in her home city, patiently waiting and training for the day that she can come over to the UK and run for us. Amy ran a socially distant marathon in Seattle over the weekend and has already raised £1000 for us. If you want to sponsor Amy then click https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AmyStricherz

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Sunshine and cats

April 20, 2020
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It feels like we are now reaching the calmer waters on the other side. The frantic activity to get Chrysalis running virtually is paying off: our support groups are back up and running and our one-to-one counselling is now starting to support not only current clients but also to take people off the waiting list. Time perhaps to enjoy the sunshine, admire the resurgence of wildlife and start planning something nice for the future.

Crow on the grass in Andi's garden
It’s odd what people have in their gardens isn’t it? No prize for guessing but
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Andi with cup of coffee in mug saying "home"

Pipework and bigger pictures

April 14, 2020
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Morning all! Another lovely sunny day to view through the window (really must clean it) and I have a new view to admire. This quite time is a time of house or self improvement for many, even here there has been cleaning going on (although [not] clearly not including my window) and so for the pipe fanciers among you I present my new view! Good, isn’t it? There’s slopes and everything, gravity can now have it’s wicked way with the water. (more…)

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Celebration and looking forward

April 6, 2020
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No one could have believed in the last few days of February that within a month Chrysalis would have all our support services online, but thanks to the hard work of all our facilitators and especially Maximillian, Julie and Steph I am so very proud to tell you that the first ever online Chrysalis support group ran on Friday evening and more are planned soon. (more…)

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Hands reaching out - building connection

Chrysalis goes online!

March 30, 2020
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Such incredible news to share with you this morning. Thanks to the hard work of everyone involved with Chrysalis we are now able to offer our support groups and our one-to-one counselling online.

For those already a part of Chrysalis then the team will be in touch with you with all the information you need. If you want to join Chrysalis and access our support then email info@chrysalisgim.org.uk or call 07823 504306 between 9:30 and 3pm Monday to Friday and Dawn or Sheila will be there to chat with you.

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March, spring and cycling

March 9, 2020
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Cycling to work is infinitely superior to driving, I like that I can do my bit for keeping Southampton cleaner and also get my fitness back but it does mean that I don’t get to listen to the radio on the way in so my thoughts for the day are not prompted by the words of others. Perhaps I should start listening to the radio in the office. So today you’re getting unexpurgated me. I’m sorry about that!

Cycling to work is so good for the soul, thanks to Photo by Nick Karvounis on Unsplash for
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d&i Leaders conference, welcome

Safe spaces and safe bases

March 3, 2020
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At the d&i Leaders conference on Thursday I was introduced to the concept of “When in Rome; Embassy; Advocate” principles of how companies work in places where there is limited LGBT+ acceptance, or indeed where being your authentic self is a crime.

Inclusion is good for business, it’s good for society and it’s good for LGBT+ people. Slide from @HughMilward from @Microsoft

Previously I’ve been speaking with various Universities about creating self selected LGBT+ flats within their student accommodation and the discussion came up again at our most recent Chrysalis training.

But why do we need safe bases?

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Connections

February 24, 2020
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Today I’d like to tell you two stories of people who would never know what an impact they had had on my life had not the streams of time brought us back together after over 20 years. The first a punk who came and sat down with a group of metallers in the park and showed us that it was OK to cross barriers, that it was OK to be different and that we had more in common than we thought. The second a person in a crowd at a gig who offered to put me on his shoulders, a common enough happenstance at that band’s

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