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The use of ace bandages for binding is not only extremely uncomfortable, its dangerous. 

Ace bandages contract around the ribcage, not allowing your ribcage to expand as you breathe, furthermore, putting you at risk for deformed ribs from prolonged use, as well as broken rib bones. 

Always use a binder, which is specifically designed for binding and shaping the chest. 

Can’t afford a binder? contact Aydian Dowling at and get a binder for supporting a great organization and great cause. 

If you donate to the .5cc Surgery Fund or purchase a tee shirt from .5cc clothing company, you can get a free binder.
Massachusetts to cover gender reassignment surgery and hormone treatment for transgender patients

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Yesterday, Massachusetts became the third state in the nation to cover transgender medical services, including gender reassignment surgery, as a standard benefit in its government health plan for lower-income and disabled people.

The administration of Governor Deval Patrick also moved to prohibit private insurers from denying coverage for gender reassignment surgery or other treatments medically necessary for patients who are transgender, saying that would constitute sex discrimination.

This is a truly important move forward for Massachusetts, and one we hope every state will recognize and begin to offer. 


Even today, with all the footwork of activists of this generation and the generations before us, trans discrimination still lives in our communities and in our nation. 

Lambda Legal represents Robina Asti, a 92-year-old transgender woman who was denied survivor benefits by the Social Security Administration (SSA) after her husband’s death. The agency denied her benefits after it determined that she was “legally male” at the time of their marriage despite all the legal documents to the contrary.

GEP truly wants to thank Lambda Legal for all that they do for LGBTIQ equality across the nation.
Trans Woman Releases Bathroom-Finder App Refuge Restrooms

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Meet transgender woman and coder Teagan Widmer, whose latest app, Refuge Restrooms, highlights the importance of providing safe public accommodations for trans people.

Looking for a gender neutral restroom? Tegan Widmer has released Refuge Restrooms, an online app to search for gender neutral / accessible restrooms. The Gender Expansion Project is excited to jump onboard with this and we hope to expand the database to cover gender neutral restrooms throughout the state. 

Know of a gender neutral restroom in Montana that isn’t currently listed? Add a listing on the site or email us at
Majority of transgender patients report negative experiences in emergency departments

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The majority (52 percent) of transgender patients surveyed for a new study have had negative experiences when it comes to receiving emergency department (ED) care. In total, 408 transgender people in Ontario were included in the analysis that also found 21 per cent reported having avoided the ED in a potential medical emergency because of fear of negative experiences.

Educating providers and direct care staff is essential to creating safe spaces for trans* and gender diverse individuals seeking healthcare. 

No one should have to think twice about going to the emergency room for a potentially life threatening condition because of fear of mistreatment by staff, doctors and surgeons. 

The Gender Expansion Project is committed to providing comprehensive education opportunities for health care professionals, in hope of creating an environment where gender diverse individuals feel comfortable seeking healthcare, especially in emergency situations.