Chelsea Manning has been fighting for her rights ever since she was sent to Fort Leavenworth, an all-male Army prison in eastern Kansas, to serve her 35 year sentence for stealing and disseminating 750,000 pages of documents to WikiLeaks.
She has not only been denied her request to be sent to a civilian prison, Chelsea has also been denied treatment for her gender dysphoria. Her suicide attempt back in July was apparently due to the lack of treatment for her condition, according to her lawyers.
Back on September 9, Chelsea tried once again to get treatment for her condition by going on a hunger strike. This ended on Tuesday when she received word that the military would be providing treatment for her gender dysphoria.
This will begin with surgery recommended by her psychologist, according to the ACLU.
ACLU attorney Chase Strangio said in an email that Chelsea is “to meet with a team of doctors in the next week or two to move the process forward to prepare for surgery.”
However, at the moment there is no concrete timeline for when this will happen.
Chelsea herself also issued a statement via the ACLU, saying: “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,” Manning said in a statement through the ACLU.”
“But it is hard not to wonder why it has taken so long. Also, why were such drastic measures needed? The surgery was recommended in April 2016. The recommendations for my hair length were back in 2014. In any case, I hope this sets a precedent for the thousands of trans people behind me hoping they will be given the treatment they need.”