Chest Binder Donations

About the program

Point of Pride provides free chest binders (specially-designed chest compression garments) to any trans person who needs one and cannot afford or safely obtain one.

We have donated thousands of chest binders to trans youth and adults in need in all 50 states and 50+ countries and counting.

Requirements:

We have only two requirements in order to keep our program as inclusive as possible.

  1. You identify as transgender (FTM, genderqueer, non-binary, genderfluid, gender non-conforming, and every other non-cis identity within the trans umbrella)
  2. You cannot afford to purchase a binder, or you cannot safely obtain a binder

We ship internationally, and shipping is free. All requests are handled on a first-come, first-served basis.

We average 60 new requests every single day. Unfortunately, we are a small volunteer-run non-profit with limited resources, so our waiting list is very long. Please read this page carefully, and only submit a request if you are truly in need of one.

The Process

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  1. Carefully read this page, especially our Frequently Asked Questions section, before continuing to our application form.
  2. Measure yourself using the guide on this page.
  3. Complete the application form. Once you submit, you’ll automatically be added to our waiting list.
  4. Hang tight. We know the waiting list is very long and are working as hard as we can to get binders out quickly. Thank you for your patience.
  5. Once your binder is almost ready to be mailed out, we will email you to double check your information. At that time, you can confirm exactly how your name should appear on the mailing label, confirm your mailing address, and double check that your size has not changed. You may update your mailing info and binder size at that time, too.
  6. We mail out your binder! You will receive two emails: one from us with the subject “Your Package Has Shipped!” and one from “[email protected]” with your tracking number. You can enter the tracking number at https://tools.usps.com/go/TrackConfirmAction_input and set up text or email alerts for your package. (Tracking numbers can take up to 24 hours to fully activate and the USPS site may list the package as “pre-shipment” until it activates.)

How to Measure

Before you request a free binder, you’ll need to know your size!

Grab a measuring tape and place it under your arms, around your back and chest. The tape should be just below your armpits. Because all binder manufacturers are slightly different, if you’re in between two sizes, please round up to the larger size. We recommend gc2b’s sizing guide

SIZE CHEST
XXS 27-30″
XS 30-32″
Small 32-34″
Medium 34-36″
Large 36-38″
X-Large 38-40″
2XL 40-42″
3XL 42-44″
4XL 44-47″
5XL 47-52″

Frequently Asked Questions

What are chest binders?

Chest binders are specially-designed compression garments help flatten the chest for a more masculine appearance, which helps many transgender youth and adults live their lives more authentically or feel more comfortable in their bodies, and navigate public spaces more safely. 

Who qualifies for a free chest binder?

Any person who is trans identified — FTM, genderqueer, non-binary, genderfluid, gender non-conforming, and every other non-cis identity within the trans umbrella — and cannot afford or otherwise safely obtain a binder is welcome to apply.

Do you have an age requirement?

No. Most of our applicants are youth age 24 or younger, but anyone of any age may request a free binder.

How does the program work?

Our program operates on a first-come, first-served basis. After you have carefully read this page and measured yourself, you may apply by filling out our online application. Once submitted, you’ll automatically be added to our waiting list.

Once your binder is almost ready to be mailed out, we will email you to double check your information. At that time, you can confirm exactly how your name should appear on the mailing label, confirm your mailing address, and double check that your size has not changed. You may change your mailing info and binder size at that time, too.

Then you will receive two emails when your binder ships: one from us with the subject “Your Package Has Shipped!” and one from “[email protected]” with your tracking number. You can enter the tracking number at https://tools.usps.com/go/TrackConfirmAction_input and set up text or email alerts for your package. Tracking numbers can take up to 24 hours to fully activate and the USPS site may list the package as “pre-shipment” until it activates. 

What kind of binder will I receive?

90% of the binders we send out are brand-new gc2b half binders. Occasionally, we send out binders from Underworks or other manufacturers, but we ensure all binders are sorted against gc2b’s sizing chart. We guarantee you’ll receive a binder in the size you need, but we can’t guarantee the style, color, or manufacturer of the binder.

What does packaging look like?

Packaging for our mailed garments is extremely discrete. Your items will be shipped in a plain white mailing envelope.

Packaging

The sender’s name is “Point of Pride.” Nothing with the words “LGBT” or “trans” appear on the packaging. The package is flexible and will fit inside of most PO Boxes. For street address deliveries, it is usually left inside the mailbox (or on the porch/inside the door in the rare event that the mailbox is too small). Signature is not required and a tracking number will be provided via email when your package ships.

If international, the customs form will list the contents as an “undershirt” or “underwear” and will have the item marked as a gift, but you’ll still want to check with your country’s customs office for how the customs process may affect you. Many of the provided tracking numbers stop working once the package leaves the US, so you may want to check with your local postal service to determine the best method for tracking your package once it’s left the US.

How do I know what size I need?

Before you make your request, you need to measure yourself using the guide on this page. Please keep in mind that these garments are sized and graded for compression purposes, so they are designed to fit snugly in order to compress and flatten. Do not intentionally go down in size; you will not be able to put your binder on.

How do I wash / care for my garment?

To help your binder last as long as possible, we recommend you hand wash and hang to dry by air.

You can use cold or warm water to wash your binder. Lather it with some dish soap or laundry detergent, then rinse thoroughly. (You can give the binder a squeeze to get excess water before laying it out or hanging it up to dry.

If you wash it in the evening and leave it out to dry, it should ready to wear by morning.

If you need to dry it using a machine, use a delicates bag to ensure your binder doesn’t get damaged or caught on other clothes, and fluff it for 7-15 minutes.

Is shipping free?

Yes! Shipping is 100% free and covered thanks to donations from our generous supporters.

Do you ship internationally?

Yes! We ship anywhere USPS will deliver. We have provided binders to trans people in 50+ countries.

Please note that shipping may take longer, sometimes up to 3 weeks, depending on your country’s customs. The customs form will list the contents as an “underwear” and will have the item marked as a gift, but you’ll still want to check with your country’s customs office for how the customs process may affect you. Many of the provided tracking numbers stop working once the package leaves the United States, so you may want to check with your local postal service to determine the best method for tracking your package.

How long will I have to wait for my binder?

We average 60 new requests every single day. Even though we ship out hundreds of binders each month, we are a small volunteer-run non-profit with limited resources, so our waiting list is very long. Depending on the size you need, how many other folks also need that size, the donations we receive –  it may take months before you receive your binder. 

Keep an eye on our website for information on what month requests we are currently processing. Thank you for your patience, and please know that we are working as hard as we can to get your binder out to you more quickly.

How will I know when my binder is ready?

Once your binder is almost ready to be mailed out, we will email you to double check your information. At that time, you can confirm exactly how your name should appear on the mailing label, confirm your mailing address, and double check that your size has not changed. You may update your mailing info and binder size at that time, too.

Can I have my binder shipped to a trusted friend or relative?

Yes. We can ship your binder to a friend, family member, or another trusted person if you cannot receive it at your house. You can complete the application with your friend’s mailing address, but put your information (such as your email address) for all other fields on the form. This is so we can communicate with you to double check your information and notify you when the binder is about to ship.

Can I accept a binder on behalf of my friend?

Yes. We can ship your friend or loved one’s binder to you. Your friend can complete the application with their information but put your name and mailing address on the form. The most important thing is that the email address is your friend’s, so we can communicate with them to double check their information and notify them when their binder is about to ship.

My contact information or size has changed. How can I update my request?

To update your request, simply refill the request form using the same email address that you originally signed up with. Our system will automatically associate the two requests without you losing your place in line. If you use a different email address – it may affect your place in line. 

If you need to update your email address, please email [email protected] using the email address that you originally signed up with and we will manually update your email address. 

I currently have a binder that no longer fits. I need a different size. Can I exchange it through Point of Pride?

Unfortunately, we do not have the ability to exchange your binder for a different sized one. If you’d like to donate your new or gently-used binder that doesn’t fit properly, we’ll gladly accept it and mail it out to the next person on our waiting list. However, in order to receive a binder in the size you need, you would have to sign up via our website. You will be added to the end of our waiting list.

I don’t need a binder anymore. How can I cancel my request?

If you no longer need a binder, you can cancel your request here.

I work with a community group that serves the trans community. Can you send us binders?

At this time, we have thousands of folks on our own waiting list for chest binders, which means any donated binders we receive are immediately turned around and shipped out to those waiting. Unfortunately, while we would love to help support groups like yours, we simply don’t have the resources at this time.

I have a that binder I wish to donate to your program. How can I do that?

Thank you for your generosity! We accept all sorts of binders and sports bras, regardless of size, color or condition. You can mail your donated binder to:

Point of Pride
PO Box 10991
Eugene, OR 97440

If you’d like, you can also include a special note of support to your recipient which we’ll include in the package. Get started here

Wait Time

We are currently processing requests submitted in January 2018.

We donate hundreds of binders each month and are working as hard as we can to catch-up on past requests. We know it may take several months for your request to be fulfilled. Thank you for your patience!

Request a Free Binder

Before you apply…

This program is intended to help trans folks who otherwise can not afford or safely obtain a binder. Please only apply if you are truly in need of support.

Submit Your Request Now

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Information on Binding Safely

Binding can help to reduce chest dysphoria and help you be more comfortable with your body. The most important thing is that you do it safely.

Always

...use only a specially-designed chest binder or compression garment.

...bind for less than 8 hours a day (the more breaks and time you can go without, the better!)

...take it off before you sleep or before you exercise to give your body a rest. Sports bras are designed to move with you as you workout, while a binder can make movement and even breathing more difficult.

Never

...use duct tape or Ace bandages as a replacement for a chest binder. Binding with these materials can restrict your ability to breathe and move properly. Ace bandages are designed to constrict, so as you breathe, they get tighter and tighter and can really hurt you.

...wear a binder that’s too small. Tightness ≠ better binding. A binder should create a masculine torso, not crush your ribcage or make it hard to breathe.

...wear a binder if you feel pain. Binding may be a little uncomfortable, but it should not hurt. Try out a larger compression shirt, find binding alternatives that work for you, or try different ways to hide your chest without binding. Pain is always an indicator that something is wrong.

OTHER TIPS

  • Depending on your style of binder (especially full-length or mid-length styles), it might be easier to put it on by stepping into it rather than pulling it on like a regular t-shirt. Stick your feet in between the shoulder straps and pull it up your body to your chest, then stick your arms through the holes.
  • To make binding more comfortable, some folks wear a light shirt underneath or apply baby powder to their skin.