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04/19/2007


Seeking Hormone Therapy, Convicted Wikileaker Chelsea Manning Petitions For Name Change

Convicted Wikileaker Private Chelsea Manning has petitioned a Kansas court for a legal name change to match her female identity. The day after she was sentenced to 35 years in prison for violating the Espionage Act, Manning released a statement announcing her transgender identity.

Chelsea_manningManning is seeking the name change as part of a longer battle to secure hormone therapy during her time in incarceration. The New York Times has more:

Manning has asked to receive hormone replacement therapy and live as a woman while incarcerated... [and] will go to court, if necessary, to obtain the hormone treatment.

Civilian federal prisons are required to provide such treatment, if deemed medically necessary, for inmates diagnosed with gender dysphoria. Unlike in military prisons, the policy also allows inmates who believe they are the wrong gender to dress and live accordingly as part of their individual treatment plans.

The military has said it does not provide treatment for gender dysphoria because Pentagon policy dictates that transgender soldiers are not allowed to serve.

According to Lauren McNamara (aka Zinnia Jones) — an activist, friend and former defense witness for Chelsea Manning — civilian courts have found in almost all cases that prisons are required to provide hormone therapy and increasingly surgery as well for trans inmates. If Manning succeeds in her quest to receive hormone treatment and other trans accomodations, she could help set a precedent for future trans soldiers both in and out of prison. 


New 'TransMilitary' Clip Features Interview with Brave, Active Duty Transgender Service Member: VIDEO

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Readers may recall our earlier previews of TransMilitary, the web-funded series focusing on the unique plight of transgender service members on active duty. A new teaser clip has been released, featuring an active duty transgender service member who is risking career and safety in order to spread the word about the struggles of U.S. transgender military personnel.

Said the service member:

"It's time that somebody hears this. And if it takes one person at a time, that one person has made a world of a difference. It has the potential to change everything."

TransMilitary will premiere in Spring 2014.

Watch the clip, AFTER THE JUMP...

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'TransMilitary' Web Series Highlights the Contrast Between US and UK Policies on Trans Service Members: VIDEO

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Back in August, we previewed TransMilitary, the web-funded series focusing on the unique struggles of transgender service members on active duty. Now a second clip has been released, this one showcasing the contrast between U.S. transgender military personnel serving under the threat of discharge while their U.K. counterparts serve openly as equals within their armed forces. 

Screen Shot 2013-10-20 at 11.58.04 AMInterviewees include former Executive Director of OutServe-SLDN Allyson Robinson, who also serves as a consultant on the series, and U.K. transgender activist Jacqui Gavin.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP... 

This developing web series, produced by Tony award-winning producer Gregory Rae, Fiona Dawson, Tyrus Emory, and Zeke Stokes, and hosted by Dawson, aims to look at transphobia in America and plans to bring into focus the discrimination faced by some of those serving our country.

To find out more about the web series and its funding, visit the website HERE.

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New Web Series Opens a Window into the Lives of Transgender Military Service Members: VIDEO

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TransMilitary, a new web series featuring the lives of transgender service members on active duty premiered today, as mainstream news tackled, sometimes with many questions, the story of Chelsea Manning (formerly Bradley) and her announcement that she planned to transition.

MilitaryThe plight of transgender service members has for many years been overshadowed by the struggle to defeat the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, but trans service members are still not allowed to serve openly.

The new web series, produced by Tony award-winning producer Gregory Rae, Fiona Dawson, Tyrus Emory, and Zeke Stokes, and hosted by Dawson, will look at transphobia in America and plans to bring into focus the discrimination faced by some of those serving our country.

Interviewed in the first episode are Bryce Celotto, a currently serving transgender soldier risking discharge with his participation, and former Executive Director of OutServe-SLDN Allyson Robinson, who also serves as a consultant on the series.

Check out the first episode, AFTER THE JUMP...

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