This section contains links to organisations that provide support to LGBT people and their families. Most of these organisations are also involved in advocacy and awareness raising work around the issues experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
BeLonG To Youth Services is a national organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people, parents and schools.
The National LGBT helpline website aims to provide a gateway to information and support for LGBT people in Ireland and also has information for the friends and family of LGBT people as well as professionals working with LGBT people. The helpline is open Monday - Friday 7pm - 9pm. Tel. 1890 929 539
Loving Our Out Kids (Formerly Parents Support) is a support organisation run by parents for other parents who have lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender children of any age.
Transgender Equality Network Ireland is an organisation supporting the transgender community in Ireland. TENI have produced a range of resources for professionals.
Marriage Equality is about giving equal rights to marriage for lesbian and gay couples on the basis that lesbian and gay people and heterosexual people are equal in the law.
The Cork Gay Community Development Project evolved from political and social initiatives dating back to the early 1980's, to enablethe gay communityto fully participate in the cultural, economic, political and social life of Cork city and county. It provides a range of services including: helpline, parents group, cafe, youth group.
Dundalk Outcomers is a social and befriending support group for the gay, lesbian and bi-sexual community and is located in the centre of Dundalk towm.
LinC (Lesbians in Cork) is a network and community resource centre based in Cork city. It was established in 2000 and it is primarily for women who identify as lesbian or bisexua, including transgender people (or those in transition) who identify as lesbian or bisexual.
Outhouse is the resource and community centre for the LGBT communities in Dublin. Outhouse has come about through the efforts of people who have been working since 1994 to provide a focal pint for LGBT communities. Open 7 days a week, its services inlude: a café, meeting rooms, information and referral services, library, theatre space and support to community groups and organisations. It provides a home for a number of other projects.
OUTWEST is a social and support group for gay men, lesbian wome and bisexual people in the West of Ireland. They hold meetings every month, and discos and other events reguarly. They operate in Mayo, Galway, Roscommon, Sligo, Leitrim & Donegal.
Rainbow Support Services is a voluntary organisation that works towards supporting the LGBT community in the mid-west region, covering Limerick city and county, County Clare and North Tipperary. Rainbow traces its origins back to 1986 with the founding of Gay Switchboard Limerick. It aims to provide a confidential supportive environment that meets the needs of LGBT people in the surrounding area.
LGBT Diversity programme is a coordinated national response by twelve LGBT organisations, developed to build the capacity of the LGBT sector. The Programme will facilitate LGBT organisations and activists to collectively mobilise and engage with the wider community in order to advocate strategically and effectively on gender and sexuality issues.
The ultimate aim of the Programme is to promote an Ireland that celebrates diversity, where LGBT people are an integral part of society - at all levels - and are afforded all the rights and responsibilities enjoyed by Irish citizens
HSE Your Sexual Health is the HSE's sexual health information site. It is full of information and useful links which are presented in an accessible and easily understandable way.
Man2man.ie is a sexual health information site for men who have sex with men.
The Gay Health Network is a voluntary group consistiing of groups and individuals working on better sexual health for gay men. Their aim iis to promote sexual health awareness and HIV prevention among men who have sex with men. The website contains information on their campaigns and is available in multiple languages.
Based in Hospital 5, St James Hospital, the Guide Clinic (Departmennt of Genito-Urinary Medicine and Infectious Disease) specialises in the care of people with sexually transmitted infections, HIV and general infectious diseases. The service is confidential and free of charge.
The Terence Higgins Trust - THT was one of the first charities to be set up in the UK in response to the HIV epidemic and has been at the forefront of the fight against HIV, and improving sexual health. It has an extensive website with lots of information on HIV and sexual health.
Positive Now is a group of people living with HIV working to ensure that the voices of HIV positive people are central to policy and service level decisions. Through forums and publications, Positive Now update people living with HIV on current issues and other developments in the HIV field.
Open Heart House
Open Heart House is a national intercultural membership led organisation, which actively embraces and supports people living with, and affected by, HIV and AIDS, where confidentiality is assured and expected. Through peer support and the provision of extensive range of practical services, it nurtures and develops a climate of hope and acceptance for all people living with HIV and AIDS.
The Sexual Health Centre - Cork
The Sexual Health Centre in Cork provides the following services: HIV support, professional counselling, befriending, support group and massage for people living with HIV; Sexual health advice; Sexual health education programmes for young people, parents and professionals; Telephone Helpline and online web chat; Creating new initiatives in response to needs.
AIDS West is a charity operating at local and national level working in the area of HIV and sexual health. Based in Galway, we offer a free, confidential information helpline, support services to people affected by HIV and to those concerned about their sexual health, as well as education and prevention services in Counties Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.
The Southern Gay Men's Health Project
The Southern Gay Men's Health Project works to achieve the promotion of education and welfare including sexual health awareness among the gay community.
This group is for women who identify as LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgeder or Questioning). It is a socila club for adult women, (must be over 18 years of age) who want to meet new people, develop new friendships, particpate in common interest activities (the possibilities are endless), network, share resources, build 'a sense of community' and have a bit of craic! This club is suitable for single women and couples.
Treoir provide a free, confidential, specialist information service for unmarried parents, their extended families and those working with them. Their service is for unmarried parents, living together or apart.