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Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) seeks to improve conditions and advance the rights and equality of trans* people and their families.
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.
Our vision is an Ireland where trans people are understood, accepted and respected, and can participate fully in all aspects of Irish society.
TENI engages in activities that promote the equality and well-being of trans people in Ireland. We work in four main areas:
- 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.
- 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.
- Capacity Building: We work directly with voluntary and statutory organisations (including those within the LGBT sector) to enhance their capacity to provide support and services that are both effective and inclusive to the needs of trans people. We also strive to strengthen the trans community through skills building, participation and empowerment.
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 transpobia, including stigma, discrimination and inequality and continues in the struggle for social, political and legal recognition of trans people in Ireland.
TENI is a non-profit member-driven organisation, founded in 2005 and registered as a company limited by guarantee in February 2010. The governance is provided by a volunteer Board and operations are led by a full-time Director assisted by a full-time Health and Education Officer, bookkeeper and a number of volunteers.
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.
TENI is a member of LGBT Diversity and participates in the Your Rights, Right Now campaign, the Equality Rights Alliance, the HSE LGBT Health Advisory Committee and the Transgender Health Working Group.
*Transgender or Trans/trans* is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity or gender expression differs from the sex assigned to them at birth.