Health center offers to secretly send chest binders to girls so parents can't see

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An LGBTQ+ youth program in Yolo County, California is offering to ship free chest compression devices to teenage girls and young women in discreet packaging to ensure their parents remain in the dark.

The Elevate Queer Yolo is funded by CommuniCare Health Centers and is aimed at youth aged 12-26. The Free Binder Project promoted on the group’s Instagram page is available to all youth age 12-26 who identify as LGBTQ+ and live within 90 miles of Yolo County.

Young people are assured that the dangerous chest compression device will be “mailed discreetly” to their home or a safe location for pick up.

“Wow. We are so excited about the response to our gender-affirming shopping spree and free binder project,” says the Elevate Queer Yolo Instagram post. “This shows how important and live-changing (sic) gender expression is for folks across the LGBTQ+ spectrum.”

Numerous studies have shown breast binders to be harmful, with one showing that 97 percent of adult wearers experienced one or more negative effects such as pain, muscle wasting, spine changes, rib fractures, headaches, and respiratory issues. Another found a similar array of negative effects and showed that some of these health issues do not show up for years. 

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