Registered Charity Number 1116321
We are pleased, and excited, to welcome our new patron: Ana Matronic
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"I began my performing career in the LGBTQ underground of San Francisco, CA, and have been fortunate ever since to represent this community on an international basis. The rights, protections and liberties of this community is of paramount concern to me, and I cannot sit idly by when hate crimes toward LGBTQ people are on the rise. Of particular concern to me is the safety and security of my trans siblings, who represent the most vulnerable and targeted members of this community, and are in desperate need of the same safe spaces that allowed me to flourish. Chrysalis is one such space, and it is my privilege and honor to support the work they do." - Ana Matronicanamatronic.com

  Chrysalis Meeting Centres:  
Chrysalis is a Charity with Meeting Centres for transitioning transgender (transsexual) adults. We provide counselling, support and lifeskills workshops for Male-to-female (MtF), Female-to-male (FtM) and Intersex beneficiaries.
Each Meeting Centre has a trained Counsellor, Support Workers &, where possible, an assigned LAGLO Officer.

The meetings are held in South Hampshire and East Dorset

Chrysalis Training:
We provide Gender Awareness training for public and private organisations, including Local Authorities, healthcare professionals, HR managers, Counsellors and corporate bodies. The seminars can be tailor-made to suit the organisation

Our principal aim is to champion the rights of those who are transgender and provide key support through our Meeting Centres

Wellbeing Drop In:
This is a separate monthly drop-in for all those who are transgender, providing a safe space for all to meet, socialise, share experiences and access counselling.Please note: attendance is open to members only.

The Significant Others Support Groups are for those who are supporting someone who is transgender, providing peer support, workshops, counselling and facilitated group work Separate support is available for parents and partners.
This group meets once a month.

  Chrysalis saves lives by providing key support  

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

About Chrysalis and its Meeting Centres:
Q. What is Chrysalis?
A. Chrysalis facilitates Meeting Centres in the South Hampshire and East Dorset, for people who are seeking to establish their Gender Identity and those who are Transitioning from one gender to the other.
Q. Who is it for?
A. Transgender adults and their significant others.
Q. Is Counselling included?
A. Yes - all our beneficiaries receive at least eight counselling sessions.
Q. What else do the Meeting Centres aim to provide?
A. A place to discuss all aspects of Gender Identity Issues in confidence and lifeskills workshops.
We hold regular meetings in South Hampshire and East Dorset.
At all meetings, we have either a Speaker, or a Workshop, to inform & educate on all related matters; from your Legal Rights to Personal Presentation.
Each Meeting Centre has a trained Counsellor, Support Workers &, where possible, an assigned LAGLO Officer.

If you would like to volunteer, in one of our meeting centres, and/or are a counsellor seeking placement, please contact the office.

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