National free binder programme
Who can apply
The free binder programme is designed to support trans (including non-binary) people who are:
1. in Aotearoa NZ, and
2. need a binder, and
3. cannot afford to purchase one
If you meet these 3 requirements, you can apply for a free binder.
As we raise funds to purchase these, there is a waiting list. We are working to make this wait as short as possible, but due to a huge increase of requests we anticipate that current applications will take around 12 months. We have plans to reduce this wait time soon – see our post here.
Our free binders are co-designed by Gender Minorities Aotearoa and This is the Back, with input from the clinicians at Physio Spot, and with much testing by trans people with diverse bodies and chests. They are made right here in Aotearoa NZ at This is the Back. We are also given a number of free binders by the trans-led USA based organisation GC2B. The design and sizing are very similar for both of these.
Safe binder use
Together with physiotherapists, GMA developed guidelines for binding safely, including exercises, and what to use if you don’t have a purpose-made binder.
Buy a Binder
You can purchase a binder from one of the following places. Please note that these are not owned or operated by GMA.
If you would like to donate toward more free binders, please use the reference ”binder donation”.
Please include in your application the size you need for a ‘This is the Back’ binder using the chart below. If we have GC2B or other binders to send out, we will contact you to ask which size GC2B binder you need, and will send you a link to use their size chart.