31 amazing Irish LGBTQ+ charities to support this holiday season

Looking to donate money to charity this Christmas? Here are some of the LGBTQ+ charities in Ireland that could use your support!

This article is about Irish LGBTQ+ charities. In the photo, people carrying a Pride flag.

Irish LGBTQ+ charities can always use our support. Their services provide vital resources for queer youth, support mental health, and offer safe spaces for us to connect, support each other, and organise.

This is only a partial list of all of the incredible Irish LGBTQ+ charity organisations in Ireland to keep in mind if you want to share some love this holiday season. A donation would make a perfect last-minute holiday gift!

If you feel like a group is missing from this list, be sure to get in touch.

ACT UP Dublin and Cork

​​ACT UP Dublin and Cork are a diverse, non-partisan group of individuals united in anger and committed to direct action to end HIV stigma.



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AMACH! LGBT Galway represents and advocate on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community in Galway city and county. They raise awareness, organise educational and training events and workshops, and endeavour to support and promote a socially inclusive society. They hold support groups, drop-ins and activities where you can meet new friends, get information and chill with like-minded people.

Belong To

​​Belong To Youth Services is the national organisation supporting LGBTQ+ young people in Ireland. Since 2003, they have worked with LGBTQ+ young people, between 14 and 23 years, to create a world where they are equal, safe, and valued in the diversity of their identities and experiences.

They also advocate and campaign on behalf of young LGBTQ+ people, and offer a specialised youth service with a focus on mental and sexual health, alongside drug and alcohol support. They respond to the needs of young queer people in Ireland and help them thrive.



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BI+ Ireland 

Bi+ Ireland aims to create a space where bi+ people can make friends, access peer support and reduce any isolation they may experience. They aim to increase the visibility and presence of bi+ people in Ireland and to create diverse, vibrant and welcoming communities.



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Ciarrai Amach (Kerry LGBT Project)

Ciarrai Amach is a volunteer-led LGBTQ+ community organisation that came about in October 2007, formed by local LGBTQ+ activists living in the Kerry area.

Drogheda LGBTQI Support Group

Drogheda LGBTQI Support Group provides a safe space for Irish LGBTQ+ adults and youth in their community. They offer a drop-in service for Drogheda and surrounding areas.


Dublin Lesbian Line

Dublin Lesbian Line is a confidential support helpline, operated by a group of enthusiastic female-identified LGBTQ+ volunteers on Thursday nights from 6.30pm until 9pm. DLL are dedicated to providing excellent telephone support and online support to the LGBTQ+ community. Don’t be fooled by their name however, as they offer support to people all over Ireland with many problems, issues and concerns. In fact, many of their callers are not even female!



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Equality for Children

Many children of LGBTQ+ parents in Ireland are denied the right to have a legally recognised relationship with both of their parents. Equality for Children gives a voice to those children and families in their fight for equality by working with LGBT Ireland and other partners.



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Gay Health Network

Gay Health Network (GHN) is a registered charity and network of groups and agencies and individuals. Founded in 1994 it’s the longest and group advocating for and providing HIV and sexual health promotion to all MSM (men who have sex with men, gay men, bisexual men, trans men and male sex workers). Since 2011, GHN has worked in partnership with the HSE on the Man2Man Programme. GHN has also led on research and other campaigns over the 26 years.

Gay Men’s Health Service

GMHS is Ireland’s only dedicated statutory sexual health and wellbeing service for gay and bisexual men, men who have sex with men and the trans population.

Gay Project

The mission of the Gay Project is to ensure that gay, bisexual, men who have sex with men (MSM), trans and queer men are enabled to participate fully in Ireland’s social, economic, cultural, political and artistic life.



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Did you know that GCN is a registered Irish LGBTQ+ charity? There are plenty of ways to support your local queer press this holiday season. This year, that includes entering into our first-ever Christmas raffle! 

To raise vital funds for Ireland’s free national LGBTQ+ media, we’ve partnered with many businesses, shops, restaurants, hotels and venues across the country, who have kindly donated amazing gifts for our Christmas Raffle, including an incredible €500 Aer Lingus holiday gift voucher, a Republic of Ireland football jersey signed by the full Women’s National Team squad, a stay + dinner at Lawlor’s of Naas, and many others!

To be in with a chance of winning any of these fantastic prizes while also supporting GCN, all you have to do is buy a raffle ticket from as little as €5 at www.idonate.ie/raffle/gcn



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GOSHH – Gender Orientation Sexual Health HIV – is located in Limerick City and aims to create an environment where the mental, emotional, physical and social well-being of everyone is promoted and sexual rights are respected, protected and fulfilled.

Greenbow LGBT Society of Ireland

Greenbow is a non-profit organisation run for the benefit of all Deaf/Hard of Hearing LGBTQ+ adults all over Ireland. They organise monthly events, educational workshops and other services.

HIV Ireland

HIV Ireland contributes towards a significant reduction in the incidence and prevalence of HIV in Ireland and towards the realisation of an AIDS-free generation by advocating for individuals living with HIV, preventing new HIV infections and combating HIV-related stigma and discrimination.



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LGBT Ireland

LGBT Ireland is a national organisation underpinned by localised knowledge and responses. Together with their network members, they provide support, training, and advocacy which aims to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ people across Ireland.



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LINC is a trans-inclusive community development organisation working with lesbian and bisexual women in the Republic of Ireland. Through the LINC Resource Centre, they have completed a comprehensive outreach training and development programme.

They also actively engage with various representative groups in the community, including the young women’s group, lesbian parents’ group, the group founded to support the parents of lesbian and bisexual women and the older lesbian group.



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LOOK (Loving Our Out Kids)

LOOK, formerly Parents’ Support, provides support to families and friends of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people.


The MPOWER Programme is a suite of peer-driven community-level interventions that aim to achieve a reduction in the acquisition of HIV and STIs and an overall improvement of sexual health and well-being among gbMSM.

It devises sex-positive, judgement-free and harm reduction-based resources, services and supports where the needs of gbMSM can be identified. The programme strives to be inclusive of the diverse identities within the community and to incorporate the experiences of both HIV Positive and HIV Negative men.



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​​Established in 1979, the NXF is the oldest of the Irish LGBTQ+ charities. As an NGO, it publishes GCN and campaigns for the equal rights of, and to combat discrimination against, LGBTQ+ people in Ireland and internationally. A donation here is a donation to yours truly, and we really appreciate all of the support!


Outcomers is a social and befriending support group for LGBT+ people. Their drop-in centre provides a safe, social and relaxed environment for the LGBTQ+ community and is located in the centre of Dundalk town. It has been open since 1997. They offer some light refreshments and a chat. Free LGBTQ+ literature is available.



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Outhouse is a community centre that provides a safe space which facilitates and encourages the growth of services and supports to the LGBTQ+ communities in Dublin.



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​​OutWest provides a focal point in the community where LGBTQ+ people can make contact with each other, and become involved in a range of joint activities, including educational pursuits in the west of Ireland.

Pavee Point

Pavee Point works to ensure Travellers and Roma are fully recognised and respected as minority ethnic groups who are proud and confident in their cultural identity and exercising their human rights. There is also a large focus on the LGBTQ+ members of the community.



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​​​​ShoutOut runs educational workshops for secondary school students, teachers, parents and guardians, youth workers and social workers so everyone understands how to be allied to the LGBTQ+ people in their lives, be them a student, child, or colleague.



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Sporting Pride

Sporting Pride is a volunteer-run LGBTQ+ community organisation that focuses on developing inclusivity in sport, and sports clubs within the whole Irish community. The organisation is committed to making sport a more inclusive and diverse environment for members of the Irish LGBTQ+ community and, in doing so, promoting the positive benefits of fitness and exercise to one’s physical and mental health and well-being.


Established in 2005, Spun Out’s vision is to help create an Ireland where young people aged between 16 and 25 are empowered with the information they need to live active, happy, and healthy lives.

They aim to educate and inform our readers about the importance of holistic wellbeing and how good health can be maintained, both physically and mentally.



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The Switchboard Ireland

The Switchboard provides confidential and non-judgemental listening and support helplines seven days per week. Its phone lines are geared towards offering support and resources to different areas of the community on different days with trained volunteers able to provide more specialised help and support in those areas. It operates under an ethos of non-judgement, active listening and harm reduction and all calls are confidential.



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TENI is a non-profit organisation supporting the trans community in Ireland. TENI is dedicated to ending transphobia, including stigma, discrimination and inequality. Its vision is a world where all people, regardless of gender identity or expression, enjoy full acceptance, equality and human rights.



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Under the Rainbow

Under The Rainbow is an inclusive Social Enterprise founded by Gillian Fagan, Dermot McCarthy and Philippa Ryder. Their vision is a world where people can be their true selves and where people are celebrated for their differences.

Youth Work Ireland

Youth Work Ireland and its Member Youth Services provide direct youth work supports and services to LGBTQ+ young people, who either identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender or, are questioning their sexuality. Their clubs, projects and youth groups provide young LGBTQ+ people with a safe space where they can hang out with their peers in a safe environment where they can meet, relax, talk, listen to music, and participate in games and organised social and educational activities, supported by trained and professional youth practitioners.

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