Free Chest Binders
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.
To get a free binder, please carefully read this page, then complete the Google Form linked at the bottom of this page.
We have only two requirements in an effort to be as inclusive as possible:
- You identify as transgender (FTM, genderqueer, non-binary, genderfluid, gender non-conforming, and every other non-cis identity within the trans umbrella.)
- You cannot afford to purchase a binder, or you cannot safely obtain a binder.
We accept all requests for support, and applications are open year-round. Once you complete your application, your request will be added to our waitlist. Shipping is discrete and 100% free, and we ship internationally to 90+ countries and counting.
This program is intended to help trans folks who otherwise can not afford or access a binder. We ask that you consider your access before applying.
- Are you able to pay for a binder? (If yes, we recommend our sponsor and partner gc2b, a manufacturer of high-quality, affordably priced chest binders.)
What to expect
Submitting your request
- Carefully read this page, especially our Frequently Asked Questions section.
- Measure yourself.
- Submit your application via the Google form. Once you submit, you’ll automatically be added to our waiting list.
- You will receive an email* from an "@pointofpride.org" account when your garment is ready to be shipped. At that time, you can review how your name should appear on the label, what mailing address we should use, and what size garment you need. You can make updates or changes at this time.
- We mail out your package! You will receive another email from an "@pointofpride.org" account with your tracking number. You can enter the tracking number via USPS 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.)
*Because our team will contact you via email, please check your spam folder and the quota limit on your inbox to make sure it hasn’t been filtered or bounced back. You may need to search for email accounts that end in “@pointofpride.org” or update your settings to allow emails from “@pointofpride.org” accounts. Please note that in most instances of applicants missing status updates, the result is due to spam filters. To help us focus on supporting our community, we strongly encourage checking your account for any missed messages before reaching out. From all of us at Point of Pride, we are deeply appreciative of your patience and understanding.
Please check our Program Status Dashboard to see what requests we are currently processing. Although we mail out about hundreds of garments every month, we average 75 new garment requests every single day. We know our waiting times are extraordinarily long, and we are working as hard as we can to meet the demand. Thank you for your patience!
Our program uses gc2b as our standard sizing model. You can read through their sizing guide or watch the below video to learn how to size yourself.
- If you’re in between two sizes, please round up to the larger size. Do not intentionally go down in size: you will not be able to put your binder on.
- If you do not have a flexible measuring tape, you can use a string to measure and then compare that to a flat ruler to get your size.
- Unfortunately, we cannot exchange or reship a binder in the event your measurements are incorrect, so please: take your time on this step. It is best to have a friend help you.
- Your name as it appears on the shipping label: It does not have to be your legal name unless your mail system requires that. For some folks not public or out, this may be your deadname. You should put whatever name feels safest and easiest for you to receive mail with.
- Your email address: We recommend that you avoid email addresses on private domains or school email addresses (for example: @k12.state.us) as these sometimes have admin settings that block our emails. Our most common rejected emails are from private domains that don’t allow emails from external senders.
- Updating your request after submitting: You can resubmit the request form using the same email address you originally signed up with. Any changes made will be associated with your original request, and you will not lose your place on our waiting list. Or, you can wait to edit your request when your binder is ready to ship. You'll be asked to edit or approve your name, mailing address, size, etc. before your garment is mailed. If you need to change your email address, please contact us.
"What kind of binder will I receive?"
"What does packaging look like?"
Packaging for our mailed garments is extremely discreet. Your items will be shipped in a plain white mailing envelope. The sender’s name is “Point of Pride.” Nothing with the words “LGBT” or “trans” appear on the packaging. To comply with US Postal Regulations, we cannot change the sender name on the package.
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.
If international, the customs form will list the contents as an “undershirt” 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.
The package will contain your binder, an informational card on safer binding techniques, 1-2 stickers, and a note of support meant to brighten your day (written by other trans people, volunteers, and community members.)
"How do I wash or care for my garment?"
"Can I have my binder shipped to a trusted friend or relative?"
"Can I have my binder shipped to a post office?"
"I already have a binder that no longer fits and I need a different size. Do you offer exchanges?"
"I have a medical condition. Is it safe for me to use a binder?"
"I don't need a binder anymore. How can I cancel my request?"
"Is there an age requirement?"
"Is shipping free?"
"Do you ship internationally?"
"Can I get more than one binder?"
The following reasons do not constitute extenuating circumstances:
- Multiple binders for laundry day
- Multiple colors needed/wanted
- Multiple sizes needed/wanted
"My binder is damaged or worn out. What is your replacement policy?"
- you received it through us in the mail (In other words, we cannot replace binders you purchased or received from other non-profit organizations, businesses, or programs. We also cannot replace binders you claimed from a Point of Pride table at in-person LGBTQ+ events);
- your binder was delivered within the last 24 months;
- you contact us. We will ask you to email 2-3 photos that show your binder is no longer wearable or safe.
Submit your request
While there are a number of valid reasons for folks of all identities to wear a chest binder, this program is intended for trans folks in need only. If you do not identify as trans, non-binary, or questioning, please refrain from requesting a binder.
If you are applying on behalf of an LGBTQ+ center or organization, do not use this form. Please contact us for information.
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.
...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.
...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.