Chelsea Manning & the Transgender Prison Experience

Monday, August 26, 2013

An image of Chelsea Manning. (Enayray/Wikimedia Commons)

Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley, has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking state secrets. The day after sentencing, Manning came out as transgender.

“Chelsea didn't want this to have this be something that overshadowed the case, (she) wanted to wait until the case was done to move forward,” her lawyer David Coombs said in an interview.

Her gender identity could complicate her stay at the all-male military prison Fort Leavenworth, where she is set to spend the next 35 years.

Alisha Williams is Director of Prisoner Justice at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. She explains the predicament of transgender prisoners.



Alisha Williams

Produced by:

Tyler Adams


T.J. Raphael

Comments [3]

Frank from Seattle WA

I think this, we are letting this issue get out of control and context. Let's remember that Private Manning is a member of the United States Military therefore he as all members of any U.S. Military comes under the Military Code of Justice and, he is also a convicted criminal who is now required to serve a sentence passed down in a military court. He knew when he signed the military contract what would be expected of him while in active duty status.

In any other setting or context or setting then I would understand the personal issues facing Citizen Manning.

The military is a massive undertaking and is difficult enough to control, operate and achieve missions under perfect conditions and such an organization has to have strict and sometimes rules/regulations and laws we as citizen may find oppressive or draconian and without these laws rules the structure, the organization would without a doubt become uncontrollable.

Point we all as citizens and as adults have to take personal responsibility for our actions especially when it comes to making a conscious choice to betray your oath to serve and protect your country.

Aug. 26 2013 04:42 PM

As I wrote in my blog last week, Chelsea has decided she is a woman so who am I to tell her otherwise? From here on I am going to refer to her as Ms. Manning, as I would with anyone else who told me they wanted to transition. Who am I to tell her, or anyone, who they really are?

Aug. 26 2013 03:32 PM
Ed from Larchmont

This is getting just a bit too much for me.

Aug. 26 2013 08:45 AM

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