For transgender (affirmed male, female-to-male & genderqueer) youth having a proper chest binder can be a life-saver - both mentally and physically - I know for me it was. Many transgender youth (under 21) lack the support they need from their families and many are not hired for jobs because of gender identity-based discrimination - this makes it impossible for these youth to get the binder they need and deserve. Many trans* youth suffer from gender dysphoria - the intense hatred and discomfort towards their biological bodies - making a chest binder an absolute need and instant prevention from suicide (as many youth cannot afford chest surgery). Giving a binder will boost the confidence of transgender youth in need and allow these youth to better function in society.
This overwhelming urgency for chest binders is a crisis. Not having a chest binder can contribute to the severe depression experienced by many transgender people. The suicide rate for transgender people is estimated to be a shocking 41%. (Source Below)
In A Bind, a non-profit project under TransActive Education & Advocacy has 1,401 youth on their waiting list. Not enough donations are coming in and they were forced to close their waiting list. It’s time to raise the money we need and provide youth with chest binders.
Our goal is to provide at least 100 youth with new binders from underworks. Each binder is about $30.00 including shipping. That is $3000.00 needed. Good news! The Frank Cassata Family Foundation will match whatever money is raised during this virtual campaign. If we raise $3,000 that means we have raised $6,000 - that is 200 new binders for youth in need!
Ninety percent of donations received will go to buying binders for disadvantaged youth. The remaining 10% will be used to cover the shipping cost. All binders will be sent to youth on the In a Bind waiting list. In a Bind accepts applicants age 21 and under from all over the United States. There are no rules or qualifications around who applicants are or how they identify. All we ask is that people only apply for a binder if they need one to curb dysphoria (ie, not just for cosplay or performance). For more info, visit inabind.transactivonline.org