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henlo it is me your local transboy with some trans headcanons for ya!!

(this is part one btw!!)

@pipedreamjosten!!

  • neil was born with a name that closely resembled his father’s so the first thing he does when he begins transitioning is change it to so he would finally have something of his own
  • it almost felt liberating
  • he told mary after a botched attempt at trying to get him to dress in his new school’s girl uniform which ended in tears and a thrown away skirt
  • mary only smiled tiredly and held up a pair of their sharpest scissors so she could cut his hair
  • from there, she tries to find binders that have been donated, but when she can’t, neil gets sports bras from the nearest department store instead

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For all my trans and non binary followers (and allies)

if you don’t have the money, have parents that are not supportive, etc. there is this thing called the leelah project where they are raising money and shipping out clothes, bras, binders, make up, stps, etc. to trans, NB, and genderqueer people. They also accept clothing donations, and unused make up or monetary donations. So go support them at theleelahproject.tumblr.com

anonymous asked:

i'm an intersex man who was dmab but i still went through female puberty and am dealing with a very female torso. would it be okay with you for me to join the binder giveaway list?

Absolutely! If it would help you to feel more comfortable in your body then I’d be happy to help.

Kyle

Hey guys I need some help

Hi guys, I’m Justin and I’m a ftm guy that is desperately in need of a binder. I come from an unsupportive household and my parents refuse to get me a binder. I’m only 14, so it’s very difficult for me to make the money to buy one for myself. Currently I am binding with two sports bras. This does help to flatten out my chest, but since I’m on the bigger side, it is still painfully obvious that I have boobs. I need to raise 35-70 dollars so I can get a binder. Here is the link to my paypal : paypal.me/galcticJustin . Any and all help is highly appreciated and welcomed. Thank you so much, Justin

Top surgery advice from someone barely post op

Mostly I’m writing this because I still can’t believe I’m post op. I got surgery yesterday (8/21/2015) and I literally can’t believe it.
So. Here goes.

Clothing!

· Wear comfortable clothing. Pulling anything over your head is basically a no go. Large button ups are great.
· If you have slip on shoes, I highly recommend them, as it’s really difficult to tug on anything, especially at first.
· Wear sweatpants or shorts without buttons or something. Doing the buttons is actually pretty painful at first. Once again, nothing tight.

Medication!

· I know a lot of guys don’t take their pills because they’re not in pain. This is not the case for me. Yesterday I took eleven oxycodone. Today I’ve taken four–it’s only nine in the morning.
· Taking pills doesn’t make you weak.
· Even if you’re not necessarily in a lot of pain, I highly recommend taking something before you sleep. I had to wake up at three in the morning and take a couple because I didn’t think I needed them while sleeping.
· Make sure you follow the instructions on all your meds carefully.
· It’s recommended you take a stool softener because the painkillers can cause constipation.

Restrictions!

· I get not wanting to feel like a burden. I hate feeling weak and helpless. I absolutely hate it. Too bad. I’m literally not supposed to lift more than ten pounds. A gallon of milk is around 8.5.
· Open and closing doors sucks.
· Going to the bathroom sucks.
· Brushing your teeth sucks.
· Basically most things suck.
· Have someone help you.
· Have someone help you.
· Have someone fucking help you. Seriously. You don’t want to go through this alone.

Sleep!

· It’s basically impossible to get up if you’re lying flat. If you have a recliner, sleep on that.
· Your body desperately needs to rest. So sleep. It doesn’t matter if you’ve slept 18 hours, if you’re tired, sleep some more.

Move!

· At the same time though, it’s incredibly important that you move. I was told to walk around at least every hour when awake. It helps a lot with the healing process and also prevents blood clots.
· Breathe deeply. You may get a little machine that measures your breathing. If you get one, use it. Taking long, deep breaths helps clear your lungs out and helps you heal.
· But please, don’t overdo it. The last thing you want is to mess up your surgery after waiting so, so long to get it.

Food!

· Have small, easily accessible, healthy foods around. I recommend stuff like nuts, fruit, protein bars, etc. The painkillers may screw up your appetite. Try to eat anyways.
· If you have someone helping you (which you will, of course), don’t be afraid to ask them to make you something. I love cooking. It’s my passion, my only goal in life is to be a cook. It’s magic. I zero percent want to cook right now.
· Drink lots of fluid.

Random tidbits!

· Your shoulders are going to hurt. So is your stomach and thighs and back. You use your chest muscles for basically everything, so when you can’t, everything else has to pick up the slack.
· No but really. Pants/shorts with buttons fucking suck. Ideally, actually, would be a loose button down, basketball shorts, and slip on shoes.
· After surgery you have to bind for a while. It sucks. It’s pretty dysphoric. But just remember…pretty soon you’ll never have to again.
· Speaking of binding, if you can, donate your binders to someone in need.
· Try not to panic too much about how lumpy your chest is at first. You just got cut open. Of course it’s gonna be swollen.

Lastly!

· Remember you made it. Good job.

Okay, so I know I already made a GoFundMe and got the money I needed for the binder, but when my mother cashed the check she wouldn’t give me the money so unfortunately I still haven’t been able to get the binder yet. If anyone could help by donating to my paypal that would be great. It’s paypal.me/SpngB0b813 and I have it in my mother’s name but she doesn’t have any access to the account so everything that gets donated I’ll be able to keep.

If you can’t donate reblogs always help!

anonymous asked:

How can I safely start binding my chest?

You can buy binders from these sites

@gc2b-apparel​ (My #1 recommendation)

@shapeshiftersinc

http://www.f2mbinders.com/ (AKA underworks)

http://www.t-kingdom.com/

http://www.lesloveboat.com/shop/index.php?language=en

http://www.danae.info/en/?___from_store=nl

http://showcase.designveronique.com/designveronique/shop/postsurgical/men-1.html

http://en.nabeshirt.com/shop/

Used Binders

If you can’t afford a binder, don’t despair! Used binders are often passed on by post-op trans men or those whose binders may no longer fit. There are a few programs available that help distribute donated second-hand binders:

You can also try asking around for an inexpensive hand-me-down binder on one of themailing lists for trans guys or check out LiveJournal’s FTM Garage Sale and the FtM Sales, Swap, and Support group on Facebook.

How to Choose a Chest Binder

If you still remember your old bra size, you can find out your binder size by using theBra to Chest Size Converter Tool. If you don’t know your old bra size, you can measure yourself the old-fashioned way:

  1. Take a snug measurement of the fullest part of your chest using a tape measure (best if measured while clothed) and write that number down onto a sheet of paper.
  2. Measure underneath your chest where the crease is and write that number down as well.
  3. Add those numbers together and divide the sum by 2. This number will differentiate your size not only from brand to brand but from binder to binder as well.

Selecting a binder brand and style can be difficult: there are so many options that it can be overwhelming! Plus, there aren’t very many reviews of binders other than those about Underworks’ and T-Kingdom’s more popular models. After buying your binder, help make the experience easier for guys in the future by contributing your review to one of the review sites listed below.

Essentially, there are two types of binders: short ones and long ones. The short ones end right at your waist. The down side of these is that if you carry some extra weight, short binders tend to roll up and act more like a bra. The long ones can be pulled down past your waist by several inches, however it’s inevitable that it will still roll up. To reduce the chances of this, wear a belt. Choosing between a short and long binder has more to do with your body type, specifically your abdomen, and not your chest size.

Lastly, consider the location of the company you’re buying from. Buying from a company that’s closer to you can save you a significant amount of money on shipping costs.

How to Put On a Chest Binder

It might seem silly, but you’re probably going to need some help figuring out how to put on your new binder, particularly if you purchased one of the longer styles.

  1. Put your binder inside out and upside down.
  2. Step into your binder and pull the bottom of it up, ideally to your belt line. The binder should still be inside out and upside down.
  3. Use the sleeves as handles to pull the top of the binder (the end closer to your feet) up to your shoulders.
  4. Put your arms through the sleeve holes and adjust your chest to your needs. You may need to pull the bottom of the binder out from underneath itself if you don’t want it folded under. For others, leaving it folded under may help stop the binder from rolling up.

Don’t be disappointed if you look in the mirror and it looks like you have one big boob in the middle of your chest. You just need to adjust your chest. Reach in from the neck hole and push your chesticles down and out. You’re basically pushing your nipple toward your armpit to achieve the flattest looking chest possible.

FTM Chest Binding Tips

Very important: When binding, you should not by any means feel as though you can’t breathe or like you’re going to pass out from a lack of oxygen.

Binders aren’t the most comfortable things in the world. To make binding more comfortable, and to reduce the possibility of the binder moving around a bit, some guys wear a light shirt underneath.

Depending on the size of your chest, you may need to layer clothing on top of the binder to get optimal chest flattening. You’ll find that some of the shirts in your closet require you to layer more than shirts in your wardrobe.

You can swim in your binder. Just wear a sleeveless or sleeved T-shirt over it. Don’t worry if your binder seems less effective after a swim, this isn’t permanent. Simply wash it and it will go back to normal.

Your chest will look bigger than it really is when you look down at it. Check in the mirror for a more accurate side view.

Not all binders breathe well, and the reality is that you’re probably going to get hot. If you’ve already started testosterone, you’re definitely going to sweat. The build up of sweat can irritate your skin causing rashes and sores. Wearing a thin cotton shirt that breathes well underneath your binder may help prevent this. If you find this uncomfortable, try applying corn starch to your body before putting on your binder to help keep it from holding in moisture. If you’ve already experienced skin irritation of some sort, take care of it the same way you would an open wound. Washing the irritated area with anti-bacterial soap will keep it clean and help it heal faster.

Conclusion

Chest binding, as cumbersome as it may seem, can be very freeing for transgender men. There’s a plethora of quality FTM chest binding products available for body types of all shapes and sizes. Regardless of what you use for binding, please remember to put your health first. Now that you’re armed with all the information you need to find the right binder for you, go forth and feel more comfortable in your skin!

FTM Chest Binder Reviews

(Note: These sites are no longer updated.)

More FTM Chest Binding Resources

Do you have any tips about binding? Want to share your experience with a particular binder brand or model? Do you know of other binder manufacturers, particularly those outside of Asia and the US? Please leave your comments below.

Last updated: 05/20/16 (x)

I know I’ve been talking about this binder give away for a while now. Because I have so much going on this will be the last one I do for a while. I have had the winner picked for some time and I will annouce soon.

I am then removing the donation page. I’m grateful for the $15 I get a month to put towards these binders to donate but the reality is it’s taken me about 3 months to save up for a binder ($33) and the shipping.

I’d rather have that money go to a better program that can fund binders at a more realistic pace.

Thanks

Kyle

john drives ftm sherlock back from his top operation and he surprises him by putting a butt load of new button downs he bought while sherlock was having surgery on his because he knows sherlock likes them and they’re s o tight because now Sherlocks chest is perfectly flat his can wear them that tight. they’ll fit so nicely and be sooo hot on him and sherlock practically squeals when he sees them because it really hits him how glad he his that he got the operation and he puts on one of the shirts and later that day john takes sherlock to a lgbtq center where he donates his nice binders because he doesn’t need them anymore and john is so proud of him 💕

anonymous asked:

I just ordered two new binders (I'm super psyched!) and today I scheduled my top surgery for August!! Once I have surgery is there a way to donate my binders to be resized for someone else or something?

Awesome! We find a lot of folks donate their binders via their own tumblrs or the In A Bind program. We do not currently run a donation exchange.

Thanks so much for your business! And congrats on the upcomings!

-Ark

beverlynotcleary  asked:

Do you have any tips for binding without a binder? My mom is kind of strict so I doubt I'll be able to get one :/

Disclaimer:

“Some use binding methods to help alleviate body dysphoria, but it has a level of risk attached to it. Because you are compressing tissue, it can cause damage and potentially even breakages to your ribs if done improperly, if things go wrong with your ribs, it has the potential to be lethal. So it’s important to be careful, safe, and use correct and healthy methods to stay happy, healthy, and look after your own well being.

Use the safest methods you can afford, and watch out for chafing, excessive sweating, rashes and pain. However, if you experience any issues around chafing, try wearing an undershirt or using a talcum powder under your binder of choice.

If you notice any pain in your chest, give yourself a breather and try to restrict yourself to 8 hours of binding at a time.

If you are having any difficulty breathing or are experiencing extreme pain, get your binder off. Straight away. And be sure to get yourself to a doctor or hospital as soon as possible if that doesn’t make it go away.

Take breaks from binding, too. If you’ve been binding every day for a week, maybe stay home for a day where no one will see your chest, or try layering shirts for a day or two.

Remember, above all else, to listen to your body!”


Do NOT, I repeat, do NOT use ACE bandages, duct tape or packaging tape to bind.

I will literally cry if you use packaging tape, duct tape or ACE bandages. 

PLEASE be safe about binding. There are too many horror stories of what can happen if you don’t research this thoroughly and really pay attention.

Buying a professionally made chest binder is the safest option out of any of these and I recommend that first and foremost. Look for binder donation blogs who can give away binders.

Contact: @transgenderteensurvivalguide, @transstudent, @transclothesexchange, @transgender, @transitiontransmission, @transgenderbenders, @transgenderfeels, @transtipsfortranspeople, @realtransfacts or absolutely any other transgender focused blog for assistance or tips involving binding.

Wikihow is Actually Useful for Chest Binding.

Information on Chest Binding.

FTM Guide.

Trans Hacks.

How to Sew your own Binder.

How to Sew your own Binder using a Sports Bra.

Binding Safety Guide.

Tips for Binding in the Summer.

Binding Tips.

Binding Safely for Your Body: Tips for All Body Types and Sizes

There are a few programs available that help distribute donated second-hand binders:

  • In A Bind – Started in 2012, to date In a Bind has provided safe compression garments to over 1500 youth in need. Trans* masculine and genderqueer youth living anywhere in the USA can apply to receive a free binder. In a Bind depends on donations. Recently had top surgery? Go up or down a size? Find a style that works better for you? Donate those binders you’re no longer using!
  • MORF Binder Exchange – Since February 2011, MORF has been providing free binders to trans* masculine people in the UK and around the world. The free scheme (all you pay is the postage) has so far redistributed hundreds of binders. In 2014 alone, over 280 binders were sent out.
  • Replace the Ace – USA only
  • Big Brothers Used Binder Program – Donation required
  • Mazzoni Center’s Binder Recycling Program – Only for youth enrolled in P.A.C.T.S., Philadelphia.
  • Point 5cc Tshirt Company – Free binder with purchase of t-shirt
  • Come As You Are’s Binder Bucks Recycling Program – Canada only

You can also try asking around for an inexpensive hand-me-down binder on one of themailing lists for trans guys or check out LiveJournal’s FTM Garage Sale and the FtM Sales, Swap, and Support group on Facebook.


Silver from @andropologist says, 

“The ones I can definitely recommend are; 

T-Kingdom (I have one of these and it works so well, but they’re a little pricey welp!) 

Underworks (as a bonus they also carry compression bottoms too which I don’t see a lot of places) 

GC2Byou can also get them free through in a bind, though I think you have to be under 20 to qualify. 

Also don’t get the $5 binders off of ebay; those will heck up your ribs and they’re not even comfortable.”


If you can’t get a hold of a binder or sew your own, here are some tips.

Layering shirts.

This can be super useful if you’ve already bound your chest and you still have some visible chest tissue, or if you don’t own anything to bind with. It’s not hugely effective if you have a large chest, but hey. Better than nothing. A tight sports bra or undershirt under one or two larger shirts (button up shirts hanging loose, particularly ones with pockets on the chest are great for this) can make your chest look dramatically smaller.

Sports bra method.

If you own a couple of sports bras at home, try this out sometime. A tight fitting sports bra can totally flatten a small chest, and for those of us who are a bit bigger, try layering a couple. If you wear one bra normally and a second one backwards, it can be even more effective. There’s a few guidelines to follow, though! Try not to wear bras that are more than a size too small- they might fit tighter, but they can be super damaging. And if they’re particularly tight, don’t wear them for too long! I keep to a rule of 8 hours tops.

Neoprene.

This is a thick, kinda rubbery material. Like wetsuits. Actually, exactly like wetsuits. You can buy back braces and the like made out of this that will work for chest binding too. Just do them up under your arm to hide the Velcro, combine with a loose shirt and you’re good to go. You might need to trim it a little bit to fit, but it’s easy enough to do!

Athletic compression shirts.

A number of athletic apparel manufacturers make performance garments called “compression shirts.” These shirts are very tight fitting, and are usually made from Spandex, Lycra, or similar stretchy material. Compression shirts are designed to aid in muscle recovery, and often have excellent moisture wicking properties. Companies like Underarmour (www.underarmour.com) and Sweat it Out (www.sweatitout.com) make compression gear for athletes.

The pantyhose method

Stockings and pantyhose with a ‘control top’ can be converted into a super cheap binder. They’re not the most comfortable or effective things but when you’re stuck, it’ll help. Just trim the legs off, and cut a hole in the crotch for your neck- and voila! You might need to layer these, too, to make them more effective. Keep in mind that this isn’t the safest method, and try not to do it for long, but it’s good for an emergency.

Be. Safe. With. Binding.

Don’t give me a reason to worry about you, omg.

I love you all and I don’t want anything happening to any of you.

If you have any other questions, feel free to ask one of us.

I hope you have a lovely day, thank you for existing and please stay safe.

-Amber/Michael

anonymous asked:

A while back u said u like FtM trans Dick Grayson, and I agree. 👌👌. I like to think that around the time Damian was in the picture, he was on hormones and possibly had top surgery by then?? so he was passing most of the time and very stealth, so Damian didn't question it. Though, once he did tell Damian, he was very supportive! He shut down transphobes and gave Bruce the idea to donate binders and breast forms to trans kids in need :00

👌👌👌👌I FORGOT HOW MUCH I LOVE TRANS DICK GRAYSON 👌👌👌

Damian would also call Jason because he’s gonna need some back up because no one gonna be rude to his brother and get away with it.

Jason Todd voice: “MEET US IN THE FUCKING PIT, ASSHOLE.“

Also I feel like Bruce would find away to put a binder in Dick’s Robin suit but it would still let Dick still be Flexible.

anonymous asked:

hi, do you know any sites that help people that are in need of binders, in canada?

Hello there!

This really depends on where you live, but in general I would suggest connecting with your closest LGBT Centre. The Centre may have a stock of free binders or may be able to refer to a local program that provides free binders.

There are some online programs, such as this one, though I’m actually not sure what their shipping restrictions are:

http://point5cc.com/chest-binder-donation/

If you live in Quebec:

http://genderadvocacy.org/services/binders/

If you live in BC and are age 25 and under (I helped to start this program! XD):

http://qmunity.ca/get-support/youth/bbbexchange/

You can also contact Trans Care BC for info on accessing binders, though there is no free binder program. I’d suggest contacting them if Qmunity’s
Program isn’t suitable/doesn’t work for you: http://transhealth.phsa.ca

If you live in Nova Scotia and age 25 and under:

http://youthproject.ns.ca/binder-gaff-program/

Again there are more similar programs for sure. I would strongly suggest connecting locally with a LGBT center and/or trans health program/trans group.

Hope this helps!

Clothing resource for masculine trans and nonbinary people.

.5cc/point5cc shirt company is owned by a transman. He and his wife make all of the products (shirts, hoodies, hats, jewelry and accessories) and they are trans pride themed, tending to go towards transman themes such as testosterone and brotherhood. They have some pretty nice merchandize and I plan on ordering one of their shirts once I have the money.
If you are in need of a binder, they also have an option to give one with your shirt purchases (no extra charge!). On their website are directions for how to order a donated binder with their shirt. Their binder sponsor is GC2B binder company.
Check it out if you’re able! :)
Have a nice day!
-Mod Vlad

tweekling  asked:

Hey Kyle! I've talked to you before but now I want to offer this. I'm getting top surgery in August! That means I will have 4 binders to donate. I'm not sure how to go about this or if you have any ideas, but if you do I'd like to hear them.

Hey there! If you feel comfortable, you could do a give away on your page as long as they are in good condition. I would keep one, for memories,I donno I”m very sentimental and somewhere down the line many years from now it might be a good keepsake as odd as that sounds.

I also accept binder donations, although I haven’t gotten any yet. I’ve only sent binders.

Kyle