For many trans men and gender-non-conforming people, a chest binder — a tight article of underwear designed to compress and conceal breast tissue — can be a literal lifesaver. They can also be just out of reach, financially, for a number of people in the community.
Enter Point of Pride. This non-profit organization aims to help trans people in need, and one way they’re doing it is by starting a donation program for chest binders. The organization is encouraging people to donate binders they may no longer have need of, and sending them — free of charge — to those with a need.
Chest binders are also provided to Point of Pride by a sponsor, gb2b.
The demand for chest binders has been high, and while they are offered free of charge — including shipping — Point of Pride does have some caveats.
“Because our donated binders come in many different styles, shapes, and colors, the only guarantee we can offer is your size. That means that sometimes we have to wait a while to get a donated binder in your size,” says the organizations website.
Point of Pride is a nonprofit organization based out of Eugene, Oregon who work to support trans youth and adults who might otherwise lack access to resources to help them live their lives. To date, they have donated in excess of 2,750 chest binders, and served trans people in more than 40 countries.
In addition to their binder donation program, Point of Pride also offers femme shape wear, a transgender surgery fund, and an electrolysis financial support program.
Point of Pridee was founded by Aydian Dowling, a trans man who began his transition in 2009. Dowling became the first transgender person to be featured on the cover of Men’s Health magazine, in 2015.