Point 5cc was established in 2011 to help raise money for creator Aydian Dowling’s top surgery (removal of breast tissue). After the completion of this fundraising event, Aydian decided to keep Point 5cc open as a way to give back to the community that had given so generously to him.
Point 5cc gives back to the community is by hosting our Annual Transgender Surgery Fund for people who need gender-confirming surgery but lack support and resources. This fund is who we are. We have donated thousands of dollars to trans people through this program, and with the 2016 launch of Point of Pride — our non-profit arm — we are excited to see the program grow to help even more trans people in need.
We have also developed the first binder exchange program that operates internationally and without applications. Our simple, zero-gatekeeping donation model has since been adopted by LGBT centers around the United States. We have given away hundreds of binders to trans youth and adults in need, and are proud to begin a similar donation program to donate breast forms to those in need.
Point 5cc clothing has been worn by notable advocates such as Dan Savage of the It Gets Better Project as well as Buck Angel. Point 5cc is also a special feature on the Matthew Shepard Foundation youth website, Matthew’s Place.
Point 5cc has sold
in over 26 countries
About Aydian Dowling
Aydian Dowling, founder and CEO, is an FTM transgender activist from Long Island, New York. Aydian documented his own transition on YouTube as a way to voice his thoughts, fears, and successes, as well as offer support for others in transition. His YouTube channel, A Lions Fears, quickly became popular and has hundreds of videos, 32,000+ subscribers, and millions of views.
In 2011, Aydian was chosen as one of three LGBT persons to have their stories showcased on the Emmy nominated It Gets Better Project on MTV. Aydian and his then-fiancée, Jenilee, spoke of their upcoming wedding and the challenges transgender couples face when planning to wed. 2011 also marked the year Point 5cc launched.
In 2015, Aydian made national headlines by recreating the iconic Adam Levine photo and by becoming the Reader’s Choice winner of the Men’s Health Ultimate Guy contest. (He also appeared twice on The Ellen Show!)
Today, when he’s not handmaking your orders for Point 5cc, he is leading workshops and discussions at LGBT and allied events throughout the country, raising awareness to trans issues while advocating for equality. Aydian continues his mission to help others on an individual level by answering hundreds of questions and messages from trans folks every month.