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Taylor Scott, Staff Writer

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Chelsea Manning, formerly Bradley Manning and U.S. Army intelligence analyst, was sentenced to 35 years in prison as a 28 year old woman charged for releasing 75,000 pages of government documents and videos on U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan to WikiLeaks, “an international non-profit journalistic organization that publishes secret information, news leaks, and classified media from anonymous sources” (WikiLeak), in 2013. Manning may be the first U.S. citizen to receive gender (hyperlink first U.S. citizen, CNN) modification procedures while incarcerated, which was announced two years after her conviction.

Manning is currently being held captive in Fort Leavenworth, an all-male U.S. army penitentiary, while her copious inquiries to proceed to a civilian prison continue to be overlooked.

Manning has been suffering with gender dysmorphia, one’s notion that their body doesn’t manifest their true gender, which can cause distress, anxiety, and depression in severe forms, since she publicly announced her sex transition. Her lawyers have commented that she was being denied the necessary treatment recommended to her by her psychologist.

The government’s refusal after a year of requests led to Manning’s suicide attempt in early July, as well as Manning’s decision sue the U.S. Army, her lawyers said.

Manning began a hunger strike on September 9th, only agreeing to the consumption of water, until she’s granted the justice her, her lawyers, and supporters believe that she deserves. The fast lasted 5 consecutive days, until the military agreed to grant Manning the requested treatment and medical attention under the Pentagon’s new system announced in June in which the military’s retrains on transgender collaborators was lifted, commencing with surgery, said her representative ACLU. Manning responded, “I am unendingly relieved that the military is finally doing the right thing. I applaud them for that. This is all that I wanted – for them to let me be me. But it is hard not to wonder why it has taken so long.”

Chelsea Manning went “missing” from the public eye and spent 14 days in solitary confinement. The Fort Leavenworth board couldn’t discipline her due to her suicide in early July directly, leading the charge to indicate “conduct which threatens,” as the transgender woman was also caught with an unauthorized book in her cell. Causing harm to oneself is considered a “threat to the facility’s functioning.” Military and crime facilities can often seem as if the two have differing, contradicting standards as a suicide attempt isn’t necessarily a crime, the necessary punishment remains in military owned prisons.

Fight for the Future is an organization that has been subsidizing Manning and is encouraging that all human rights advocates sign a petition to discard all biased charges at FreeChelsea.com, a website that updates Manning’s supporters of her whereabouts and well being, and stand together to prevent a similar occurrence in the future. However Manning was still punished with solitary confinement, as stated above, despite the group’s petition to prevent that.

Transgender persons have undergone discrimination and cruelty for centuries, however the 21st century, primarily the youth, population advocate justice for those while others continue to lock themselves within a realm of traditional history in which being transgender is a disgrace to humanity.

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