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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.


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

Belfast Butterfly Club (Belfast, Northern Ireland) Helpline: 077 0479 9352. This telephone number is only answered between 8pm and 10pm on Wednesday nights.

Sí is a website by Irish transvestites about Irish transvestism. For more information please go here.


Opinion: I'm not a freak. I'm just an ordinary, decent transvestite (, 15 Aug 2014).

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).



The TH (Trannie Haven) is a club for transvestites and their admirers. It is open on Friday and Saturday nights. 

Contact Emma: 086 028 4580. Facebook page here


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