Social clubs are the mainstay of the transvestite scene. They are invaluable sources of cameraderie, style advice, wisdom and wit. We are so much happier in community rather than on our own.
Sí now has its own Safe Space in Dublin. Please contact us via our contact page for further details.
In terms of specialist nightclubs with public access, TH (a.k.a. TrannieHaven) (https://www.facebook.com/groups/219396958260074/) is the only one., with smart premises in the basement of a Georgian house in Dublin 2. It usually opens on Friday and Saturday nights. The TH may be a little intimidating for some beginners. The club welcomes Admirers, men who are attracted to transgenders, and their presence may be disconcerting to some. It has to be said however that Amanda, who runs the club, tolerates no nonsense and ensures that nobody misbehaves!
Dressing services are another important resource. Many beginners don’t have clothes, shoes or a wig, not to mention needing serious help with makeup. There are a number of well-established dressing services. We publish here the main ones who have asked us for a link (if you are an established dressing service, please let us know and we'll put up a link for you).
If you’re comfortable buying online and having it delivered to your home, googling can give you much better information than we can. However if you want to do your own shopping in person in Ireland, we can give you a few pointers:
Wigs can sometimes be bought from dressing services, but if you’re looking for a specialist wig supplier we would recommend Saks Hair Salon in Sackville Place. They have a private fitting room in the basement and are very friendly.
Shoes can be very hard to find in large sizes: If you’ve got small feet, count your blessings! The high street chain with the largest sizes is Evans, with shoes up to size UK10, stretchable to UK11 at a pinch. Their Irish outlets can be found via their store locator on www.evans.co.uk
People to talk to
If all you want to do is talk to somebody, we can suggest a few options:
For phoneline support, ring Switchboard on Sunday afternoon:
Alternatively, to chat with other transvestites online, try Transvestites Ireland on Facebook:
Or Crossdress Ireland
For sympathetic professional advice, we would recommend the following psychotherapists.
Sharon Travers, Dublin: 085 7272508
Dermod Moore, Dublin: 01 4402342.
Robert Patterson, Co. Kerry: 087 607 3893
If you're feeling down and need help in a hurry, the Samaritans are most supportive and always lend a sympathetic ear.
The Samaritans are at Freephone 116 123
Special mention has to go to the long-running Belfast Butterfly Club, a veritable institution on the Northern Irish scene (http://www.belfastbutterflyclub.co.uk/nojava/index_nojava.htm)
For information on other resources in Northern Ireland, see TransgenderNI (http://www.transgenderni.com/)
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