blue, pink and white trans flag vertical with "Fly the Trans Flag, Transgender Day of Remembrance, 20th November 2018" text and Chrysalis logo

#flythetransflag how you can get involved

On Tuesday 20th November we remember trans+ people across the world who have lost their lives through transphobic violence.

This year in the UK has been one of the most challenging in recent times: with a massive upsurge in transphobia in mainstream and social media as the government consulted on reforming the Gender Recognition Act. The rise in transphobia in day to day life, and an increased fear of transphobic hate crime means that trans+ people (who are already the most likely to attempt suicide, suffer from isolation anxiety and depression of all marginalised groups) and their significant others are now telling Chrysalis that they are even more scared.

These are just some of the things we have been told since the consultation closed:
"Just when I was starting to come to terms with my own gender, I realised I didn't feel safe anymore. That telling other people what I know, and being honest about that, could put my life in danger. I'm scared" L

"The impact of the trans witch hunt is fear. We are finding life scarier than usual. The only time I've ever been more stressed than this, I wasn't out at work. I might add that I was actually suicidal the day that Metro ad came out. It was all so terribly much." B

So Chrysalis is asking for our allies to take a stand, to make a statement that they stand beside their trans+ colleagues, friends and loved ones. To promote acceptance, diversity, and inclusiveness. To say to those close to you that it's OK to be who you are, it's OK to be trans+.

Join Southampton Solent University; Hampshire County Council; Southampton City Council; University of Southampton and many more in flying the trans flag on the 20th November.

Fly it on your flagpole, put it in your window, display it in your reception. Remember there is no one way to display your support.

Support Chrysalis with a donation of £20 (+£1 p&p) through our Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/TDOR2018 and get your own flag then take a photo of your flag flying in a public location on the 20th November and tweet it to or post it on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ChrysalisGIM TDOR post and we will add your name (private or company) to our Allies section on this page.