Army denies Chelsea Manning Gender Marker Change
A military prison psychologist has denied Chelsea Manning’s gender marker change according to court documents obtained by the Salt Lake Tribune Monday. The reason for the denial wasn’t revealed by psychologist Ellen Galloway and Army spokesman Wayne Hall declined to comment Tuesday, citing medical privacy laws.
The court document is a status report from both sides on Manning’s lawsuit seeking a court order allowing her to wear her hair longer than 2 inches, the maximum length prison standards allow for men.
In the report, Manning’s lawyers say a new Army policy enabling soldiers to officially change genders does not provide a way for Manning to do so unless she is released, so that she can obtain the required documents, or receives transgender surgery.
Manning’s lawyers said in September that the Army has agreed to provide the surgery. U.S. Justice Department lawyers say in the status report that the government is assembling a team to assess Manning’s current treatment plan and make any necessary adjustments.
“I am living through a cycle of anxiety, anger, hopelessness, loss, and depression. I cannot focus. I cannot sleep. I attempted to take my own life,” Chelsea wrote.
“When the [United States Disciplinary Barracks] placed me in solitary confinement as punishment for the attempted suicide, I tried it again because the feeling of hopelessness was so immense. This has served as a reminder to me that any lack of treatment can kill me, so I must keep fighting a battle that I wish every day would just end.”
Manning’s lawyers argued she has already served the longest sentence of “any other whistleblower in American history” and that Obama should be influenced by the harsh conditions she has been subjected to while in prison.
KT McFarland, Donald Trump’s pick for Deputy National Security Advisor, has repeatedly called for Chelsea to be executed.
“It’s time to up the charges,” she wrote of Manning in 2010. “Let’s charge him and try him for treason. If he’s found guilty, he should be executed.”
REUTERS reports that Manning is petitioning the Obama administration to release her with time served. The White House.gov petition currently has 80,000 of the 100,000 required by December 14th to trigger a response. Please consider signing it today. Manning’s time is indeed running out.
Time has a way of clouding our memories. This is the what pissed off the military establishment.