Transvestite / Crossdressing

A transvestite is a person who wears clothing, accessories, jewellery or make-up not traditionally or stereotypically associated with their assigned sex. This generally refers to a male to female transgender person who wants to live "dual role".

Transvestites 'dress' for numerous reasons. Some feel the strong need to express femininity while others might crossdress for artistic expression or erotic enjoyment. However, most people who crossdress generally have no intention of changing their bodies through hormones or surgeries. 

TENI strives to provide a safe and supportive environment for transvestites (TVs) and their partners as these experiences are part of the trans umbrella. More information about different terms here.

If you need support or information please contact TENI at 01 873 3575.

Online Resources

- A site by Irish transvestites about Irish transvestism. Includes many resources including dressing services. - Community run messageboard

Support Groups

Support Groups For a list of Support Groups in the Republic of Ireland please go here.

Belfast Butterfly Club (Belfast, Northern Ireland) Helpline 028 9267 3720 (8-10pm)


Cross-Dressing: I'm a straight man who dresses as a woman...and I'm looking for love (Independent Woman, Irish Independent, 28 April 2012)

Why cross-dressing really isn't an issue to poke fun at (Belfast Telegraph, 14 Sept 2011) 

Floats like a butterfly, dresses like a she (The Irish Times, 5 March 2011) 


Gemini - Transvestite and TS Support (Facebook page)

The Gemini Club is situated in central Dublin and provides a discreet, friendly and relaxed dressing service for TV's, CD's and the transgender community. The club is open on Friday and Saturday nights.

Contact Natalie: 087 762 1869 (11am-9pm Mon-Thurs & 11am-11pm Fri-Sat) 

Trannie Haven, Harcourt Street, Dublin Contact Emma for details 086 028 4580


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