WHAT IS CHEST BINDING?
Chest binding is the act of flattening one's breasts by the use of constrictive materials / compression garments. Binding helps to reduce/eliminate gender dysphoria (distress). Gender dysphoria occurs when an individual identifies with a gender different from the one they were assigned at birth. Individuals experiencing gender dysphoria are at a high risk for stress, isolation, anxiety, depression, poor self-esteem and suicide.
WHY SHOULD FREE BINDERS BE AVAILABLE?
In some cases, some individuals may not have the resources to purchase a binder, specifically one suited to their body type, and therefore resort to unsafe binding practices such as using tensor bandages, duct tape, plastic wrap, and other materials. These binding practices are harmful and can cause permanent damage to one's health and body, and are therefore not encouraged. Good quality binders are priced anywhere from $50 - $100 CAD.
WHY ARE COMMERCIALLY MANUFACTURED CHEST BINDERS NECESSARY?
Chest binders sized for an individual's body type and made with high quality materials are available through some online shops or in some local sex shops. These manufactured chest binders are often made with nylon spandex blend and breathable material for safe and comfortable binding. Duct tape, tensor bandages, plastic wrap and other unsafe binding materials may cause scarring, bruising, and sometimes even broken ribs, and while there are manufactured chest binders in the market, they usually are priced anywhere from $50 - $100 CAD depending on where they're purchased.
WHO IS QTPOC WINNIPEG?
QTPOC (Queer and Trans People of Colour) Winnipeg is a social group based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada which aims to increase the visibility of and create safer spaces for queer and trans people of colour. We also create events and sell locally designed, made and modelled merchandise. All proceeds from our events and merchandise go towards our different initiatives.
HOW WILL QTPOC WINNIPEG DISTRIBUTE FREE BINDERS?
We have a Chest Binder Request Form on our website which folks can use to send in their binder request. All requests will be at a first-come first-serve basis. We strive to be of service to queer and trans people of colour and as such reserve the right to prioritize requests from those who self-identify as belonging to Indigenous, racial and ethnic minority groups.