The Lavender Cabinet

The Pride Resource Center, Women and Gender Advocacy Center, and ASCSU have collaborated to provide free access to gender-affirming garments and other items to CSU students. This collection, called our Lavender Cabinet, is available for free to those who need it in the Pride Resource Center (LSC 232).

What is available?

The following items are available throughout the year. We can't guarantee certain items and sizes will be in stock consistently. For updates, visit the center or view our newsletter.

  • Gender Affirming Garments
    • Chest Binders
    • Bra Inserts
    • Compression Gaffs
    • Trans Tape
    • Period Underwear
    • Packing Underwear
  • Personal Hygiene Items
    • Soap
    • Toothbrushes/toothpaste
    • Razors/shaving cream
    • Deodorant
  • Period Products
    • Menstrual Cups
    • Tampons
    • Pads
  • HRT Support Items
    • Band-Aids
    • Alcohol Wipes
    • Sharps Containers
  • Identity Exploration Tools
    • Books
    • Make-Up
    • Resources

Do we take donations?

Yes! We accept the following:

  • New and gently used chest binders
  • New and gently used bra inserts
  • NEW hygiene, period, and HRT support products
  • NEW or clearly labeled Trans Tape

Please make sure all items are cleaned and clearly labeled with the size and company of original purchase.

Donations can be dropped off at the Pride Resource Center Front Desk (LSC 232). We also recommend calling ahead to see if there are specific items we're in need of.

We do not accept:

  • Items that are worn below the waist (e.g. underwear, gaffs, packers, STPs, etc).
  • Books
  • Clothes & shoes

    How do I access these items?

    To pick up an item, please visit the Pride Resource Center anytime Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm. Come in, ask our front desk staff to access our Cabinet, find what you need!

    Do I have to share my information to access these items?

    No, we do not collect any names, ID numbers or other information. We do our best to support the privacy of our users.

    How often do items get restocked?

    We do our best to get new items in monthly, but can't guarantee a timeline due to production and shipping delays. We share updates when new items are in via our newsletter and social media.

    How do I choose gender affirming garments?

    We have a sizing chart and measuring tape in the center that you can use to help choose your item. We recommend checking out the websites for each company to learn about sizing so you can have an idea of what you're looking for before coming in.

    Questions or Feedback?

    Email pride_rc@mail.colostate.edu

    A binder is a tight undershirt (full tank or half tank) that flattens your chest. This is often used by trans masculine folks or anyone who experiences discomfort/dysphoria with the size of their chest.

    We recommend talking to your doctor, viewing gc2b’s FAQ, and following the safety tips below:

    • A binder should feel tight – but not so tight that it is painful, very uncomfortable, or difficult to breathe.
    • Listen to your body – if it hurts, take a break.
    • Limit the amount of time that you wear your binder – you should not wear it for more than 8-10 hours at a time.
    • Do not sleep in your binder.
    • Avoid binding every day. Take 1-2 days off a week.
    • Avoid exercising in your binder.
    • Avoid putting on the binder while wet. Swimming is ok, but consider going up a size.
    • Do not double-bind.
    • Stretch often.
    • Do not tape or self bind with duct tape, bandages, or other items that are not explicitly made for chest binding.

    Alternatives to binding:

    • Sports bra (layering 2 sports bras)
    • Go up a size in shirts
    • Layer undershirts & outer-layers
    • Patterns, dark colors & open button downs/sweaters
    • Top surgery

    If you notice any skin issues or breathing concerns, we recommend taking a break from binding and consulting with a medical physician.

    All of our products are used at the risk of the user.