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We can also provide a befriending service if you are feeling isolated and don’t know any other LGB&T people.
If you feel isolated and alone, it may be difficult dealing with some aspect of sexual orientation.
LGB&T Switchboard NI is staffed by trained volunteers who will provide a listening ear and can help you to explore your options.
We can also provide information on a wide range of issues including health & well-being, legal concerns, information on the social scene and details of LGB&T community groups.
Norton took part in the TV programme Who Do You Think You Are? Despite discovering that his father's direct ancestors originated in Yorkshire and immigrated to Ireland during the Plantation period, Norton said he was comforted to find that his family had resided in Ireland for generations.
Norton was educated at Bandon Grammar School, in West Cork, and then University College, Cork (U. C.), where he spent two years studying English and French in the 1980s but did not complete his studies.
Some people contact the Switchboard simply because they feel isolated and just want to talk to someone.
Our volunteers are friendly and understanding and can offer information and support to anyone concerned about sexual orientation.
"We are trying to get across the message that you need not be in a coffin prematurely, there is help there and you can overcome addiction and illness.
"We've our head screwed on, we know what we are doing," said John.
"This is about bringing people together, interacting with them and offering help and support and words of life from the grave.
In June 2013, he received an honorary doctorate from University College Cork; he occasionally mentions this in order to win on-air arguments on his BBC Radio 2 show.
In 1992, Norton's stand-up comedy drag act as a tea-towel clad Mother Teresa of Calcutta in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe made the press when Scottish Television's religious affairs department mistakenly thought he represented the real Mother Teresa.