Military does not want to recognize Chelsea Manning’s identity

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According to the court documents the American military refuses to recognize Chelsea Manning’s transition into female. Private Manning, who announced her transition to female in 2013, is currently imprisoned in Fort Leavenworth military prison after leaking details of classified government documents concerning alleged war crimes and rights abuses via WikiLeaks.

In a court filing, the American Civil Liberties Union revealed that prison psychologist Dr Ellen Galloway blocked Manning’s request to have her military records changed to reflect her transition. The decision means she will likely still be treated as a male within the prison system for the remainder of her 35-year sentence unless it is reversed. This week a number of major LGBT groups joined with the ACLU to urge President Obama to intervene in the case, and grant clemency to Manning as one of his final acts in office.

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