TransActive Gender Center provides a holistic range of services and expertise to empower transgender and gender nonconforming children, youth and their families in living healthy lives, free of discrimination.

In a Bind

Where Pre-Owned Binders Find New Homes...

In a Bind is a project of TransActive's Community Education program. We collect new and pre-owned chest binders from guys who don't need them anymore and donate them to trans-masculine youth in need absolutely free of charge.

In a Bind is entirely volunteer-run and depends on donations to function. We receive requests from young trans guys looking for binders to relieve body dysphoria everyday, but can only give out as many binders as we receive.

Recently get top surgery? Go up or down a size? Find a style that works better for you? Donate those binders you're no longer using! We take all new and used binders (as long as they still have some life left in them!) and find them new homes with deserving youth.

Trans* masculine and genderqueer youth living anywhere in the USA can apply to receive a free binder from our program.


Information about donating a new or used binder or making a cash donation to help cover shipping costs.

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Read about who qualifies to receive a binder from our program and fill out an online application.

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What is a binder? Why the focus on youth? Answers to these and other frequently asked questions.

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Coming Out Tips

Tip sheet and advice for youth on writing a letter to come out to parents and guardians.

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Letter to Parents

A letter for parents from In a Bind staff explaining what binders are and why they're important.

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FAQs for Parents

Answers to questions commonly asked by parents about gender identity and binding.

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