Help and Support

Use this page to find support groups and information services that suit your needs. If you would like general information about being trans in Belfast, the process of transitioning and up to date legal information please see and navigate to the “Documents” and “Law” sections of the site.


Belfast Butterfly Club
The Club aims to provide a sympathetic ear to help others to come to terms with being a transvestite or a transsexual and to help their friends and family as well as the wider community understand what being transgender means.
98 University Street
Northern Ireland
Helpline: 07704799352
Wednesdays 8pm-10pm
GenderJam NI
GenderJam NI is a social support group for young transgender and gender variant people in NI. They hope to help young trans people meet and support one another.
Gender Essence
Gender Essence Support Services is a specialist counselling and support organisation. We are dedicated in offering emotional and theraputic support to those from the Trans* and Gender Variant communities. We also provide training and awareness raising around these issues.
Youthnet is a strategic network of voluntary youth organisations that exists to work with and advocate on behalf of its membership, to represent, support and develop their interests and aspirations. Youthnet facilitated the peer support group Oysters for 8 years and has recently facilitated the development of a youth group in partnership with Cara-Friend. Youthnet, in partnership with Cara-Friend, and SAIL can provide training on Gender Identity for Youth Sector Organisations. For more information contact: Amanda Stephens at Youthnet:
Cara Friend Youth
Cara Friend provides a safe space for young people up to the age of 25 to come together to discuss issues of gender and identity.
For more information email:
Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) seeks to improve conditions and advance the rights and equality of trans people and their families.

A website for transvestites, mostly, but also transgender people in the Republic of Ireland. It offers a lot of information about what’s available to TG and TV people throughout the Republic.

Affirm NI
Affirm Northern Ireland is a registered Northern Ireland charity. We are dedicated to helping Transgender, Intersex and Non Binary individuals and their families through Peer Support, Advocacy and Training.

 Anchor is a Belfast based social support group for transmen, trans*masculine, gender variant, non-binary & questioning people, who were assigned female at birth aged 25 and over.

Gender Identity Clinic for Northern Ireland
Gender Identity Service
Centre for Psychotherapy
Shimna House
Knockbracken Healthcare Park
Saintfield Road
Tel: 028 90916924 (For contact only by a Health Care Professional)
Trans Derry
Trans Derry is a support group for trans people in Derry supported by The Rainbow Project. For more information about the group contact::
SAIL (Support, Acceptance, Information and Learning) SAIL is a support organisation for the families of transgender, non-binary, gender variant and questioning people in Northern Ireland. They provide support across Northern Ireland with families individually, through social groups and online. They also provide support for schools and healthcare professionals. Web: Email:  Phone: 028 30 570 075 (Family support line) Phone: 028 95 320 023 (Front office)
LGB&T Advocate
The advocacy service was launched in June 2010 to support individuals, couples and families who are experiencing violence and/or discrimination for, directed at, or due to their gender identity.
If you require any further information or would like to make contact with the advocacy officer or find out more please call 028 9031 9030 (The Rainbow Project) or email
a:gender is the support network for staff in government departments / agencies who have changed or need to change permanently their perceived gender, or who identify as intersex.
Counselling Directory
Counselling Directory was set up to connect visitors with a wealth of information and the ability to search for the most suitable counsellor or psychotherapist.