Point 5cc was established in 2012 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.
From 2012 through 2016, we donated a portion of proceeds towards a trans person’s gender-affirming surgery, and we discretely mailed free new or gently-used chest binders along with t-shirts to trans folks who could not safely obtain these garments. As we saw the demand for these support programs continue to grow, we knew we had to form a separate organization that could more effectively serve our community.
So in 2016, Point of Pride – a sister 501(c)(3) non-profit organization – was formed. To date, Point of Pride has awarded over $125,000 in direct financial aid towards gender-affirming surgery and permanent hair removal services, and donated thousands of free chest binders and free femme shapewear to folks in all 50 states and 55+ countries.
Point 5cc proudly continues to support these life-changing programs as a sponsor.
Point 5cc clothing has been worn by notable advocates such as Chris Moiser, Tiq Milan & Kim, Buck Angel, Mitch Grossi, Ryan Sallans, Schuyler Bailar, and others. Point 5cc is also a special feature on the Matthew Shepard Foundation youth website, Matthew’s Place.
Point 5cc is an international brand – we’ve sold thousands of products to folks in 30+ 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, 50,000+ 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 was first born – the company incorporated the following year.
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!) That year, Aydian was also listed on the Out 100 and awarded the Feminist Press outstanding achievement award.
Today, Aydian is a dedicated activist leading workshops and discussions at LGBT and allied events throughout the country, raising awareness to trans issues while advocating for equality. Aydian is the co-founder and Board President of Point of Pride, a 501(c)(3) that helps transgender people around the world through a variety of support programs. Aydian also continues his mission to help others on an individual level by answering hundreds of questions and messages from trans folks every month.
To book Aydian for a speaking engagement, visit www.AydianDowling.com.