- ICE cuts the cord on real immigrant hotline after being featured in ‘Orange Is the New Black’ 3 Years Ago
- The 10 best music podcasts for artist interviews and criticism in 2019 3 Years Ago
- How a socialist Twitch streamer landed in a feud with Dan Crenshaw Today 10:07 AM
- How to prepare for your fantasy football draft (and season) Today 9:00 AM
- Kit Harington is joining the MCU–and people are guessing which character he will play Today 8:48 AM
- How to live stream Juan Francisco Estrada vs. Dewayne Beamon Today 8:00 AM
- The 5 best free torrent clients you can download in 2019 Today 8:00 AM
- How to stream Saints vs. Jets in NFL preseason action Today 7:49 AM
- How to stream Chiefs vs. 49ers in NFL preseason action Today 7:36 AM
- How to live stream Bellator 225: Mitrione vs. Kharitonov Today 7:30 AM
- Alice Wetterlund draws insight from the last decade in ‘My Mama Is a Human and So Am I’ Today 7:00 AM
- How to stream the Cowboys vs. Texans NFL preseason showdown Today 7:00 AM
- How ‘Stranger Things’ is inspiring new waves of Dungeons and Dragons fans Today 6:00 AM
- Why you should be watching ‘Red vs Blue’ on Netflix Today 6:00 AM
- How to live stream Sergey Kovalev vs. Anthony Yarde Today 5:00 AM
Chelsea Manning, a trans woman soldier currently serving time in a Kansas military prison for leaking classified information, has just announced that she is beginning a hunger strike.
Manning was originally arrested and convicted as Bradley Manning, and placed in a men’s prison. According to a press release from the nonprofit Fight for the Future, Manning requested she be given hormone therapy for gender dysphoria upon her sentencing. After a long legal battle, she began treatment in February 2015.
Fight for the Future has started a petition for people to show their support.
According to the release, part of her treatment allows for her to present as female, even while living in the men’s prison. This means she should be allowed to keep her hair long, so long as it complies with standards for women’s military prison.
However, according to the release, Manning has been forced to keep her hair short and in compliance with men’s standards.
“I need help. I needed help earlier this year. I was driven to suicide by the lack of care for my gender dysphoria that I have been desperate for. I didn’t get any. I still haven’t gotten any,” Manning’s statement reads. “Today, I have decided that I am no longer going to be bullied by this prison—or by anyone within the U.S. government. I have asked for nothing but the dignity and respect—that I once actually believed would be provided for—afforded to any living human being.”
She said she will refuse any food, except for water and her prescribed medication. She also said she will refuse to cut her hair. She emphasized that her protest is peaceful, and she will not physically resist or fight anyone. “Any physical harm that should come to me at the hands of military or civilian staff will be unnecessary and vindictive.”
She also said she filed a “do not resuscitate” order, effective immediately.
Manning stated that she had attempted suicide earlier this year. According to a 2011 report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, 41 percent of trans people have attempted suicide.
“Until I am shown dignity and respect as a human again, I shall endure this pain before me. I am prepared for this mentally and emotionally. I expect that this ordeal will last for a long time,” Manning said. “Quite possibly until my permanent incapacitation or death. I am ready for this.”
Cynthia McKelvey covered the health and science for the Daily Dot until 2017. She earned a graduate degree in science communication from the University of California Santa Cruz in 2014. Her work has appeared in Gizmodo, Scientific American Mind, and Mic.com.