Understanding the causes of homelessness can help us support LGBTQ+ young people out homelessness for good.
While it’s important to remember that there is no one way to look non-binary or trans (or male or female), it’s also important that you feel happy, safe and comfortable in your own skin.
lgbt foundation recommends following these safety guidelines:
- Acquire a binder from a reputable source such as GC2B in the US or Spectrum Outfitters in the UK and expect that it may take a while to find a binder that fits you well.
- Measure your chest area as instructed by the supplier’s website.
- Listen to your body and take a break if you need to — especially in the summer when it’s hot.
- Talk to a professional if you experience any pain while binding.
- If possible, ask someone to help put on and take off your binder at first so you can learn to safely put it on correctly.
wearing a binder – what to avoid:
The LGBT Foundation recommends the following:
- Do not use Ace bandages or Duct tape to bind with – they’re not meant for binding, don’t move with your body and can cause physical harm.
- If you are between sizes, opt for the larger size – you can always return it if it turns out to be too big.
- Do not regularly bind for more than eight to 10 hours at a time – take breaks and days off if you’re just going to be at home.
- Do not double bind–alternatives such as wearing two t-shirts are a healthier way to give the impression of a flatter chest.
- Do not sleep in your binder or wear it for exercise – you can wear a swimming binder or a sports bra.