Binder Request Form Instructions

While there are a number of valid reasons for folks of any identity to wear a chest binder - this  free binder program is intended to help trans folks in need. That means youth and adults who can not otherwise obtain a binder, can not afford a binder, etc.

Please only request a free binder if you are truly in need of one. We have a very limited number of donated binders available, and we use the honor system so there are as few challenges as possible for our recipients.

If you do not identify as transgender or questioning, please refrain from requesting a binder though our program.

If you are applying on behalf of an LGBT Center or other Organizations and requesting multiple binders as part of a partnership - please know that we currently do not have spare binders to send as part of such a partnership, but we would be open to working together on a fundraiser to support your local area and your organization - please contact binders@pointofpride.org for more information about the need in your area and to develop a fundraising goal for your area.

Below are detailed instructions for filling out the Point of Pride Binder request form. This will help to answer frequently asked questions associated with each step and question on the binder request form and ensure that we’re able to process your request as quickly as possible.

We are Currently Working on Requests from:

May 2018

For frequently asked questions, please review: http://pointofpride.org/faq/ 

General Information

Email Address

This should be best email address to reach you at. Please double check for any typos - if the email address in invalid and we can’t reach you - your request will be cancelled and you will not receive a binder.

We recommend that you avoid email addresses on private domains or school email addresses (@k12.state.us) as these sometimes have admin settings that block our emails.

Our most common rejected emails are from private domains.

Your Name

This is your name as it should appear on the outside of the package. It does not have to be your legal name unless your mail system requires that.

  • For some folks who are not out yet - this may be your deadname and we understand that.
  • For some folks who are stealth, this may be your current name that’s fine, too.

Regardless of the name that must appear on the package - our goal is to not inconvenience you in anyway with the name field.

Requirements: Two words only, at least 2 letters per word.

For hyphenated or multi-word names, please enter as a single word.

John Smith-Johnson becomes John SmithJohnson

John de la Cruz becomes John delaCruz

John Michael Smith becomes JohnMichael Smith

Your Size

Once you reach the policy disclosures section, you will be asked to verify “I have read and understand Point of Pride's return/exchange policy and understand that once my binder is shipped, I will not be able to exchange it for a different size. It is my responsibility to measure correctly.”

Before your binder ships, you will be given an opportunity to update your size without losing your place in line if you’ve changed sizes, but an accurate measurement here helps us to order the sizes that are most in demand when we place orders.

Is your shipping address based in the US or Abroad?

Your answer here will direct you to a slightly different address input window. Due to customs requirements, US Territory residents (Puerto Rico, Guam, US Virgin islands) fill out the address as though they are international.

  • US Residents - Scroll Down to Read About Address Entry
  • International and US Territory Residents, Click Here to skip to your section about Address Entry.

Address Entry - US Based Applicants

Your Mailing Address - US Based (Including name of city/town)

Enter your full mailing address. We can ship to street addresses or PO Boxes without issue, but please make sure you have a valid street address entered.

Once you’re on the waiting list, you will also receive instructions for updating your address if you move.

A picture of the package is available on the faq page under the header “What does packaging look like?”

State

This is a dropdown list of states. If you cannot find your state, please reach out for assistance.

Zipcode

The zip/postal you live in.

Click Here to Skip Address Entry - International and US Territory Applicants

Address Entry - International and US Territory Applicants

Your Mailing Address - International

Enter your full mailing address. We can ship to street addresses or PO Boxes without issue, but please make sure you have a valid street address entered.

Once you’re on the waiting list, you will also receive instructions for updating your address if you move.

A picture of the package is available on the faq page under the header “What does packaging look like?”

Your Country

This is a dropdown list of countries. If you cannot find your country, please reach out for assistance.

Your Phone Number

This is required by the postal service as part of the customs process. We will not use it to contact you. Please enter a valid 10-14 digit phone number, without special characters.

If you truly do not have a phone number to enter, you may use the fake number 5555555555, but keep in mind that it may affect the customs process.

Customs: Customs, tariffs, taxes and fees assessed by your country cannot be paid by Point of Pride. We will not attempt to reship a binder that was returned because it was not picked up from customs. It is your responsibility to understand how the customs process may affect you and to be prepared to handle that.

The customs form will list the contents as an “undershirt” and will have the item marked as a gift with an estimated value of $15.00 USD.

You will be asked to affirm that you understand the following statement:

I have researched the customs policy for my country and understand how it may affect me. I understand that Point of Pride cannot attempt to reship a binder that was returned due to an issue with customs.

Demographic Information

The information collected in the demographic section helps us identify additional grants and sponsorship opportunities, and does not impact or affect your status on our waiting list in any way. All questions are required, but also have an option “prefer not to disclose” and several have options for “other” - allowing you to write what you feel best describes you.

When possible, please use the provided options as this simplifies statistics reporting, but you are welcome to write in an answer if needed.  

Your Need

In 500 characters or less, please describe your current financial need and what this free binder would mean for you.

Answer Type: 500 Character Free Text

Please answer honestly and thoughtfully. We are not judging your writing ability or mastery of English - we are trying to understand your need.

Short or incomplete answers may be flagged and follow up requested - this may delay your request.

Policy Disclosures

Please read each statement in this section carefully before submitting your request. You will be asked to affirm that you understand the following statements:

I certify by submitting this request that I identify as transgender or questioning and have no other way to safely obtain a binder due to my current living arrangements or financial status.

As noted above, while there are a number of valid reasons for folks of any identity to wear a chest binder - this  free binder program is intended to help trans folks in need.

If you do not identify as transgender or questioning, please refrain from requesting a binder though our program.

If you are applying on behalf of an LGBT center or organization, please do not use this form - reach out to Binders@PointofPride.org for assistance.

I have read and understand Point of Pride's return/exchange policy and understand that once my binder is shipped, I will not be able to exchange it for a different size. It is my responsibility to measure correctly.

Due to the length of our waiting list, this statement is non negotiable. We cannot reship you a binder if you measure incorrectly. It is better to ask a question and be certain you’re getting the correct size than guess and get the wrong size. You will be returned to the bottom of the waiting list if your binder is the wrong size when it arrives. 

Once your binder is in the mail, we will not be able to replace it or change sizes. Thank you for your understanding of this policy. This is not only to ensure that your binder fits you well when it arrives, but also to ensure that we can get to everyone on our wait list in a timely manner.

I understand Point of Pride's policy of one binder per household and verify that I have not, to the best of my knowledge, signed up for a binder with another email address. I understand that doing so can delay my request.

While we understand that there are a number of reasons for folks needing multiple binders, we also must balance that with the knowledge that many of the folks on our waiting list don’t have access to even one binder.

As a result - we limit our program to one free binder per household. If there are extenuating circumstances requiring multiple binders to a single address - please reach out to binders@pointofpride.org before filling out the request form to make arrangements for an exception.

The following reasons do NOT constitute extenuating circumstances:

  • Multiple binders for laundry day
  • Multiple colors needed/wanted
  • Multiple sizes needed/wanted

Point of Pride routinely checks for violations to this policy and flags affected requests for follow up. This may delay or cancel your request.

Request Your Chest Binder

Click Here to request your free chest binder from Point of Pride