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LGBT Ireland

LGBT Ireland is a national support service for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people and their families and friends.

The service was established in 2010 by seven local LGBT helplines, who shared a vision to create an infrastructure to enable them to offer support and information nationally through their network of trained volunteers.

Today LGBT Ireland offers a comprehensive range of services which provide support and information on issues relating to sexuality and gender identity.

Non-judgmental, confidential listening and support, is provided seven days a week through the telephone helpline 1890 929 539 and through our online instant messaging service available here.  While this dedicated website provides a gateway to information and support throughout the country.

The peer support service established in 2014, offers opportunities for people to come together on a monthly basis, to provide emotional and practical support to each other around a common experience or situation.  Click here for more details about the groups we offer.

LGBT Ireland also delivers LGBT awareness training to other services and community groups, to enhance the support received by LGBT people accessing these services and groups.

LGBT Ireland works with partner organisations to expand the support available to LGBT people and their family members, including with Samaritans Ireland through their Direct Dial and Connect programmes.

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https://lgbt.ie/find-support-in-your-area/

https://lgbt.ie/lgbt-youth-groups/

https://lgbt.ie/local-helplines/

https://lgbt.ie/trans-peer-support-groups/

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TENI – Transgender Equality Network Ireland

Their Mission

TENI is a non-profit organisation supporting the trans community in Ireland. TENI seeks to improve the situation and advance the rights and equality of trans people and their families. Our Vision is an Ireland where trans people are understood, accepted and respected, and can participate fully in all aspects of Irish society. Ireland remains a place where it can be difficult for trans people to lead safe, healthy and full lives. TENI is dedicated to ending transphobia, including stigma, discrimination and inequality and continues in the struggle for social, political and legal recognition of trans people in Ireland.

Their Organisation

TENI is a non-profit member-driven organisation, founded in 2006 and registered as a company limited by guarantee in February 2010. The governance is provided by a volunteer Board and operations are led by the Chief Executive and staff. Community engagement is an essential part of TENI’s identity and our mandate is based on a substantial membership, which elects the Board and is involved in long-term strategic planning.

“Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) seeks to improve conditions and advance the rights and equality of trans people and their families.”- TENI Tweet

Issues

Despite significant progress in the past years, Ireland remains a place where it is difficult for trans people to lead safe, healthy and integrated lives. TENI is dedicated to ending transphobia, including stigma, discrimination and inequality. TENI engages in activities that promote the equality and well-being of trans people in Ireland. We work nationally in four main areas: healthcare, employment, education and legislation. There are three strands to our work.

Advocacy

We advocate across legal, medical, societal and political structures to ensure that policy development and legislative reform reflects the positive recognition of trans inclusion, rights and equality.

Education

We provide workshops and trainings that increase awareness, understanding and inclusion of trans issues across key sectors of Irish society.

Support

We offer a range of support services that aim to increase the well-being of trans people and their families by providing support that mitigates common experiences of isolation, misunderstanding and exclusion.Emergency Exit

Gender Identity Family Support Line

+353 (0)1 907 3707

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Urgent Support

https://www2.hse.ie/wellbeing/mental-health/supporting-someone-who-might-be-suicidal.html