Chelsea Manning came out to the world as a transgender woman on August 22. Global attention has been on Chelsea for three years, since she released information exposing U.S. war crimes in Iraq. The hours and days following Chelsea’s announcement were riddled with news stories, press statements and organizations attempting to place Chelsea’s experience as a transgender woman within the context of other transgender people in prison. Chelsea made her intentions to begin hormone replacement therapy known, sparking both endless transphobic rants in much of the media and also explicit statements of support for “medically necessary care” from mainstream LGBT organizations.
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