Breathe: Journeys to Healthy Binding (2024)

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A graphic guide to chest binding with real-life stories and research-backed advice from bestselling Gender Queer author MAIA KOBABE and University of Michigan professor SARAH PEITZMEIER.

Breathe arose from the need for a resource for folks considering chest binding as gender-affirming care. Dr. Peitzmeier interviewed twenty-five people of different ages and backgrounds about their journeys with binding, and then she and Kobabe combined excerpts from those interviews with evidence-based resources on binding into this extremely accessible guide.

Breathe is both a practical resource for trans and nonbinary folks and an engaging and perspective-broadening read for anyone interested in what it means to be on a journey of expressing one’s gender in ways that are joyful, healthy, and affirming.

From: Penguin Random House

Notes on This Title

This title opens with first-hand accounts of binding, from people who are trans men and / or nonbinary. It then discusses tips for healthy binding.




Starred Review: “This is an essential purchase for all secondary and public library collections as it provides health information in a readily accessible manner that is otherwise difficult to find in science-based resources.” (Source: School Library Journal)

“A realistic, affirming guide to binding.” (Source: Kirkus Reviews)


Geeks OUT!: “Interview with Maia Kobabe and Dr. Sarah Peitzmeier, Creators of BREATHE: Journeys to Healthy Binding

The Beat: “Maia Kobabe and Sarah Peitzmeier, PhD on BREATHE: JOURNEYS TO HEALTHY BINDING

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