Gay Switchboard Ireland is extending the hours of its support and listening helpline for the LGBT community and their family and friends in the run up to the Marriage Equality referendum on May 22nd.
Gay Switchboard have seen a considerable rise in calls over the past 2 weeks due to the effects of the discourse about LGBT lives and relationships. Callers have expressed difficulties arising from debate in the media, reactions on doorsteps while canvassing and conversations with family and friends.
Adam Shanley, Director of Gay Switchboard says: The next number of days are likely to be some of the most difficult times for LGBT people as we listen to public debate on our lives and relationships.
In our 41 year history, the Gay Switchboard has been there for the community through many difficult times. In the run up to the Marriage Equality referendum we want members of the LGBT community, including their friends and family to know that we are there to talk if they are finding things difficult.”
Gay Switchboard Ireland will extend its hours on Monday 18th May – Friday 22nd May with the helpline open from 5pm – 10pm on 01 8721055. The helpline will also be open on Saturday 23rd May from 2 – 6pm and again on Sunday 24th from 4 – 6pm.
Depending on the outcome of the referendum, we will endeavour to keep these hours until May 29.