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As the parent of a trans child, those first months after he came out felt overwhelming and scary. Trying to understand what he was experiencing and how to best support him while educating myself on terms I’d never heard before, and also making a conscious effort to address him by a new name and pronouns to match the person he truly was on the inside… It was a roller coaster of emotions surrounded by a whirlwind of change at rapid speeds.
Part of being accepting and supporting parents to our trans kids includes having access and knowledge about the different products that they may or may not need to help them transition—whether socially or medically—throughout their youth. There are a myriad of products specifically made to assist transgender folx throughout their lives.
Here are seven brands that have been helpful to myself and many other parents we've sought useful, inclusive, and functional products for their evolving needs.
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This is a site where people can find anything and everything to fit their undergarment needs. From gender-neutral color options, to boxer brief period underwear, TomboyX offers a variety of size, style, and shape options to make someone feel far more comfortable with those parts of their bodies that may be making them feel less so. With a number of products offering a generous range of sizing between 3XS all the way to 6X, this is a great place to bookmark as you may even find it useful for pre-adolescent kiddos.
Paxsies offers a host of products, including underwear, bras, and other apparel. In addition to the clothing line, there's also a multitude of realistic packer choices (synthetic phallic inserts for trans men to wear under or inside their underwear) and a variety of chest binders for trans folx looking to find comfortable solutions to physical attributes. Paxsie's chest binders are also medically tested for safety with binding, which is a critical factor to parents.
The motto says it all, “To us, Paxsies is more than just a brand—it’s a movement towards inclusion, equality, and self-expression.”
If you’re looking for a company that focuses strictly on binders and is owned and operated by members of the trans community, then Gc2b is where it’s at. This is a product that understands the need to feel comfortable in your clothing and your skin. Not only does it specialize in binders, but it offers a fantastic exchange and return program to guarantee any customer is pleased and empowered by their purchase.
This is an amazing Etsy shop designed with trans women in mind. The compression underwear are made specifically for comfort, reassurance, and functionality. The shop offers a line of gender-neutral undergarments and bathing suits paying acute attention to the details involved in making a trans woman feel secure in her clothing. This small shop also offers chest binders, bras, and statement wear, and the reviews on the site speak for themselves. Customers rave about the products being comfortable, practical, high-quality, and empowering.
5. Wire and Honey
Although not directly trans-focused, this clothing retailer is worth mentioning as it is ferocious about human and civil rights, allyship, and being who you are. Plus, Wire and Honey offers a wide variety of sizing ranging all the way from infants to adults.
6. Bye Gender
While currently only offering adult sizes, this is a store that gives back to the trans community, so some much-deserved credit is due. Bye Gender actively raise money for the trans community and donates those funds to trans folx who need housing assistance or employment aid as a result of their trans identity.
The Bye Gender Trans Survival Fund was established in 2016 (then named: Work Those Pecs) and has helped “about 50 applicants with money raised through the clothing line. The majority of the recipients are transgender people who have limited access to housing, or work due to disability, are unable to find employment due to their trans statues, or are unable to afford their HIV meds or hormones.”
7. Aunt Flow
While not technically a clothing retailer, Aunt Flow is a brand that's decidedly trans-inclusive. It's a company that's committed to inclusivity and ensuring that everyone has access to menstrual products. Aunt Flow is intentional with the language used on its website and packaging, particularly to be certain that gender does not define who does (or does not) menstruate. By eliminating terms like “feminine hygiene” and replacing them with inclusive, mindful words like “menstruator,” this company is one you can feel good about.
Not only is Aunt Flow committed to affirming all people, but it is also dedicated to transparency towards customers by giving the exact ingredients used in each product. And if that isn’t enough, it's also fiercely devoted to giving back by donating products to menstruators in need.
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