2017 Retirement of our Founder

We would like to thank Dianne for the massive amount of time and effort she has put into the running of Chrysalis over the last 12 years since she founded it, providing a lifesaving service to over 500 beneficiaries.

2017 Appointment of our new CEO

We are proud to announce the appointment of our new CEO, Andi Maratos who will be working with the board of trustees to build on the success of the past 12 years achieved by our founder Dianne, who devoted so much time and effort to providing a lifesaving service to over 500 beneficiaries.

2015 Health Watch – reorganisation of the London Gender Clinic

In 2015 Healthwatch Hampshire visited the Chrysalis meeting Centres and interviewed the beneficiaries. They focused on the medical treatment our beneficiaries had received through the NHS. The interviews were filmed and brought together in a 15 minute documentary. As a result of the documentary major changes were brought about in the London Gender Clinic plus a substantial increase in their budget.

2012 Hampshire Police Authority - Reporting Policy

Hampshire Police Authority asked Chrysalis to conduct a survey of fifty transgender adults. The aim was to ascertain their views about the reporting of incidents relating to their person status. The report concluded that there were twelve key issues that Hampshire Police could address within its reporting policy. All twelve suggestions were acted upon and the Hampshire Police reporting System changed to incorporate the recommendations.

2010 Campaign for support for Gender Variant Children

Chrysalis was invited to consultations in London to explore the possibility of supporting young people in this country. As a result, we were included in the active campaign which led to the 2011 launch of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust Service for children and young people with gender identity issues.

2009 Report of the Equality and Human Rights Commission - substantial input

Chrysalis attended two consultations in London followed by two interviews which were included in the report.

2008 Equality and Diversity – Toolkit for Voluntary organisations

As a result of having seven strands of diversity, information was required to enable organisations to have an understanding of Transgender issues. Chrysalis was a part of a task force let by Community Action Hampshire to devise a ‘Diversity Toolkit’ that could be used by voluntary organisations and the public sector. This was the first diversity toolkit to include a specific chapter on Transgender Issues.

2007 Equality and Human Rights Commission launched with 7 strands of diversity

Southampton Voluntary Action invited Chrysalis to meet members of the team who were constructing the parameters of the Commission Remit. We gave them our leaflet about definitions. When the visitors left Jo Ash said that they were ‘talking Chrysalis and had the leaflet with them’. Some time later one of our beneficiaries informed me that the name of Chrysalis was brought up in Parliament, this was in regard to the commission. When the Commission launched in 2007 it had seven strands of diversity instead of the familiar six. They had taken Transgender out of Sexual Orientation and given it a strand of its own as well as a positive definition. The definition was the same as the one in the Chrysalis leaflet. That is: ‘Someone who is proposing to, is in the process of or who has transitioned from one gender to the other.’ To do this ‘Gender Dysphoria’ had to be de-classified as a mental illness and re-classified as a medical condition.