Transitioning Whistleblower Chelsea Manning Gets Hormone Replacement Therapy

Challenging the Rhetoric

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by Cheri RobertsChallenging the RhetoricThe Guerilla Media Network

In a long fought battle, imprisoned 26-year-old former military intelligence analyst turned Whistleblower, Chelsea Manning*, has been granted her request for hormone therapy by Col. Erica Nelson, commandant of the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Last September, Manning, who suffers from gender dysphoria, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The lawsuit was filed against Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks for their failure to provide appropriate medical treatment for her condition and claimed Manning was suicidal and at risk for self-castration if she did not receive treatment.

In the filing Manning said,

It has now been more than four years since I was first diagnosed with gender dysphoria, a condition that I have struggled with my entire life…I do not believe I will be able to survive…

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