On 9th April Chrysalis held their first ever conference, an exploration of transition from the inside and out, with speakers covering a wide range of subjects from their experiences of being trans and transition in the last century and early 2000s to the challenges and opportunities facing trans people now.
With the sea change in understanding and acceptance brought about in large part by the internet revolution as well as changes in law being trans is no longer something to be ashamed of, a reason for isolation, and there are many great trans role models and allies standing up and speaking out.
Our speakers included:
- Keynote speech from Chief Inspector Julie Fry MBE
- Dr Wendy Peters – clinician asked to deliver corrective electric shock therapy to trans people in the 70s
- Jan from Mermaids - the charity supporting gender variant children
- Tara Maclachlan - advisor consulting with the Equalities Minister and local MPs about changes to the Gender Recognition Act
- Anna Murray – domestic abuse lead for Age UK and leading figure for trans support on the Isle of Wight
- Dianne – founder of Chrysalis
- Dr Sue Ingamells – consultant from Wessex Fertility who has worked with many trans clients
- Mark Broad – partner at Dutton Gregory LLP who has advised Chrysalis beneficiaries on their legal rights
- Sahra Taylor – academic, organiser of the TIGNC (trans, intersex and gender non-conforming) conference series and co-author of City University’s Inclusivity Policy
- Octavian Starr – Housing Support Officer at Stonewall Housing
- Andi Maratos – new CEO of Chrysalis
It was a fitting tribute to the incredible passion and dedication of our founder, who has worked tirelessly for the charity since 2005, that Dianne was able to give her final address to the conference and be part of the latest transformation of Chrysalis.
Speaker presentations coming soon
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