What is a binder and why would someone need one?
A chest binder is a compression garment used to flatten and conceal breasts. Many
trans masculine and genderqueer people assigned female at
birth naturally go through female puberty and develop breasts.
This can cause extreme discomfort and body dysphoria and can
also pose a safety issue when presenting as male.
Why does In a Bind focus on youth?
Youth represent the most overlooked members of the trans
community. They often don't have a voice or money of their
own. If they don't have a supportive family and at least
moderate financial means, it can be almost impossible for
them to obtain a new binder on their own. In a Bind
strives to create a feeling of "taking care of our own"
within the trans adult community by giving them the
opportunity to help these young people.
Who is eligible to receive a binder from In a Bind?
Visit the Get a Binder
page to learn
who is eligible and how to apply.
I live outside the US! Where can I get a binder?
If you are in Australia or New Zealand, try The Pay-It-Forward Binder Program
. If you live elsewhere, you can try MORF Binder Exchange Scheme
, which ships worldwide if you can cover the cost of shipping.
Why is the application unavailable?
Due to the popularity of the program, we have decided to move to a quarterly application cycle.
The application will be available the first week of March, June, September, and December. In the meantime, we are
still accepting donations and sending out binders to those currently on the waiting list.
How long will it take to receive my binder?
Applications are reviewed once a week and binders are
mailed out via the US Postal Service. However, we currently have
quite an extensive waiting list. It may take at least six months before we can fill your request.
How do I know what size I binder to order?
Measure under your bust line and around the fullest part of your chest.
The average of these two measurements is your size. Here is a printable ruler:
How will my binder come packaged?
Binders are sent out in plain poly envelopes.
For safety and privacy reasons, the package will not include any indication of what is inside. The return address is listed as "TEA."
I'm on the waitlist, but about to turn 19. Will I be removed from
the waitlist on my birthday?
No. As long as you were 18 or under when you applied, you will remain on
our waiting list until you receive a binder. We do not ask for birthday on
our application - only your age at the time of applying.
I'm on the waitlist and my information (size, address, need) has changed. How do I update it?
Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your updated information. We will make the changes to your application.
I recently moved. How can I make sure I get my binder?
In addition to emailing us your new address, make sure you update your address with the US Postal Service. This way you will still receive all your mail, including your binder. You can do this online
or at any post office.
How do I donate my old binder?
Visit the Give a Binder
learn all about donating binders.
Can I buy a new binder and send it to In a Bind?
Absolutely! Visit the Give a Binder
page to learn more.
How else can I support In a Bind?
Donate money or time to help us reach our goals! Visit the
Support In a Bind
page to learn
How can TransActive afford to provide this service?
In a Bind is funded entirely by donations. Each binder costs around $3.50 to package and ship to its new owner. Without monetary donations in addition to donations of pre-owned binders, this vital service wouldn't be possible!