Ensuring trans and gender diverse South Australians have affordable and safe access to chest binders.
TransMasc SA’s Binder Program provides new and used chest binders free to trans and gender diverse South Australians who need them but can’t afford them.
Chest binders are essential gender affirming wear for many trans and gender diverse people and can be a huge confidence booster that promotes gender euphoria. For many trans and gender diverse people chest binders are essential to promoting positive mental health.
Yet chest binders are incredibly difficult to access due to significant cost and limited availability. When chest binders aren’t available, trans and gender divese people sometimes turn to unsafe binding practices that result in negative physical health outcomes.
The Binder Program aims to ensure trans and gender diverse South Australians have affordable and safe access to chest binders. This is an initiative of TransMasc SA, proudly supported by SA Rainbow Advocacy Alliance.
Who can access a binder
To access a binder you must:
- live in South Australia
- identify as trans or gender diverse
- currently experience financial hardship (we don’t ask invasive questions or require evidence for this, we’ll take your word for it)
- be requesting a binder for yourself, not on behalf of someone else
- not have previously received a binder through the program.
If you’re aged 15 or younger you’ll also need consent from a parent or guardian. We can help talk to your parent or guardian about binders and wellbeing if you think it might be helpful.
There are limited number of binders available. Binders are allocated on a first in basis. Help us support more trans and gender diverse people by donating to the program.
How to access a binder
- Read up on how to wear a chest binder safely.
- Check your measurements using gc2b’s size guide.
- Complete and submit a request form.
- A TransMasc SA facilitator will contact you as soon as possible to tell you if a binder is available. TransMasc SA is run entirely by volunteers, so it may take some time for us to get back to you.
- Collect your binder.
- Consider paying it forward and making a donation to the program. Every bit helps us support others in need!
We’d prefer you collect your binder in person at a TransMasc SA peer support session so you can try on a binder, check it fits properly and chat to us about safe binding practices.
If you can’t attend in person, we can arrange to post your binder to you. Packaging won’t make mention of binders or TransMasc SA. If you’re concerned about the binder being posted to your home address we can arrange to send it to a friend’s address or a local support organisation.
How to donate a binder
If you have a pre-loved gently used binder that you no longer use, pay it forward and help us find it a new home! To donate a pre-loved binder:
- Check it’s in good condition.
- Give it a good wash.
- Post it or drop it during business hours to either: