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There are 4 comments on Free Gender-Affirming Products for Students Now Available from the Center for Gender, Sexuality & Activism

  1. Thanks for covering important trans topics. The Queer Activist Collective applied for and received a grant specifically to give students free gender-affirming products. This program has been active for a year now. Why not mention Q’a program that has been hugely successful, and why didn’t they collaborate on this? https://linktr.ee/qgapp

    1. Hiya!

      Thank you for your comment and for taking the opportunity to share GAPP, another great student-led resource for trans students. The article is about GARB specifically because it just launched so I apologize that GAPP was not mentioned – the focus was GARB and there was no intention to exclude Q’s program.

      Additionally, we would love to collaborate and work together to support trans students at BU – more resources are better for everyone. Please feel free to reach out at cgsa@bu.edu :)

  2. I’m a disabled trans student and concerned about what safety and hygiene measures are in place to protect students’ health? Like how are wigs, makeup, bras, binders, packers, etc cleaned and how often? Also, what products are actually available to take vs try on and leave there?

    1. Hello,

      Thanks for reaching out about safety measures! All clothing available in GARB is laundered prior to being put out in the space and materials such as packers and binders are there for students to take. There are instructions in the space about what students can and can not take (some of the things that should not be taken are also labeled). Additionally, no one has used the make up yet but it will be cleaned after every use. There are one-time applicators for wigs, disinfectant spray for the tables and products, and CGSA eboard members and volunteers tidy up the space (brush wigs, restock supplies, etc.) 1-2 times a week.

      Currently, we are working on a comprehensive guide that will be up in the next week and we have received feedback from TLC, one of the clubs hosted by CGSA, regarding the guide as well. GARB will temporarily closed while the guide is made live.

      If you have any specific questions regarding GARB or safety please send us an email at cgsa@bu.edu so we can address your concern and improve GARB

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