History

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, Point 5cc provided thousands of dollars to trans people through an Annual Transgender Surgery Fund program, as well as developed an international chest binder donation program that gave away hundreds of binders to those in need. Our simple, zero-gatekeeping donation model has since been adopted by LGBT centers around the United States.

With the November 2016 launch of Point of Pride, our sister non-profit organization, we are excited to help even more trans people in need. Point 5cc continues to donate 20% of net proceeds to these programs and services.

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 has sold
more than

11,250 items

in over 26 countries

Point 5cc's History

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, when he’s not hand-making your orders for Point 5cc, he 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.