The future is bright but don't forget the past

Another fun packed week ahead and some great things from last week to tell you all about.
Firstly I am not ashamed to say that I had a lovely three days off, it was great to spend them with family. Even if one of those days was taken up with the totally prosaic needs of buying food, flannels and paint for miniatures!
Thursday I met with the Vice President of the Solent University Student LGBTQ+ & Friends society, the SUSU VP for Welfare and the talented and dedicated Jim Weller to talk about the History of Chrysalis project and other volunteering opportunities within Chrysalis. We’re looking for a researcher to help Jim contact all of those who were involved in Chrysalis between 2005 and 2010 for the book Surrounded by Butterflies to be launched on Trans Day of Visibility (31st March). Email jim.weller@chrysalis-gii.org if you want to be involved.
That evening volunteer Imale and I were in Basingstoke for the Inspiring Women seminar series organised by MP Maria Miller. Did you know that Basingstoke has virtually no unemployment and a significant shortage of skilled and high-level people? So if you’re thinking about changing career or going back into work after transition this might be the town for you.
On Friday evening I met another ally in Deborah Harkin the Deputy CEO of Hampshire County Council and was then honoured to be invited to speak at the Portsmouth&Fareham group, it was great to get to know some of our group members just a bit better.
So what’s this week got in store?
Transgender Day of Remembrance (20th Nov) approaches and Chrysalis will soon launch our Fly the Flag Allies and Awareness campaign as well as working with groups across the county to mark the day with respect and memories of those lost and look forward to a brighter future. Watch this space, , and for updates
Monday starts the week off well: working our second Conference, on the 9th April, with the Solent Uni Staff LGBT+ Network co-chairs. If you are interested in finding out more or getting involved please get in touch info@chrysalis-gii.org, with our patron Ana-Matronic giving the keynote speech and building on the sell out success of our 2018 conference we expect places to go fast.
Wednesday I’m heading outside of Hampshire to Leatherhead for the Suicide Prevention Information Network meeting, spreading the word about the incredible work that Chrysalis does in supporting trans+ people. We know that Chrysalis Saves Lives as so many of our beneficiaries have told us. With 48% of trans+ people attempting suicide and 84% seriously considering it our groups provide a vital lifeline to anyone who wants to come out or explore their gender identity.
Thursday is exciting! We are launching the Portsmouth&Fareham trans+ Wellbeing Drop In. If you want to know more contact info@chrysalis-gii.org and check out our posters. There will be games and cake and people and chat and lots of social stuff in a safe space.
Saturday is your trustees meeting. With our year end on 31st October this is when the board looks at the budgets and priorities for next year. Watch this space for updates, I like this new drive to keep everyone informed on what we do.

Chrysalis at DIY Southampton 8

CEO Andi stood behind Chrysalis stand, flanked by Queer Alternative and author Damon L Wakes at DIY Southampton in Planet Sounds recording studio under a bridge