Step 1: Commit Treason; Step 2: Go To Jail; … 3. Become Transgender and Get Free Sex-Change

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Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning, the American soldier who was convicted on 20 counts of the US Espionage Act for leaking over 700,000 classified military documents to WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden in 2013, has been approved for hormone therapy by the U.S. Army. She is serving a 35-year sentence with possible parole.

In a statement of August 2013, the soldier (known then as Bradley Manning), wrote that “I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female.

Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition.”

Last September, while being represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, Manning sued the United States Department of Defense for denying her hormone therapy. “After carefully considering the recommendation that (hormone treatment) is medically appropriate and necessary, and weighing all associated safety and security risks presented, I approve adding (hormone treatment) to Inmate Manning’s treatment plan,” Col. Erica Nelson, the commandant of the Fort Leavenworth Disciplinary Barracks in Kansas, wrote in a Feb. 5 memo obtained by USA Today.

Chelsea Manning to receive hormone therapy while imprisoned

“We are thrilled for Chelsea that the government has finally agreed to initiate hormone therapy as part of her treatment plan,” said Chase Strangio, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union.

“This is an important first step in Chelsea’s treatment regimen and one that is in line with the recommendations of all of her doctors and the basic requirements of the Eighth Amendment.”

Though Manning will receive hormone therapy, she will not be allowed to grow out her hair says Strangio. “The military continues to refuse to let Chelsea grow her hair like other female prisoners, a critical part of her treatment plan that has been recognized by her doctors,” he said.

Under current US Army policy, transgender troops can be summarily dismissed from their respective branches of service based on medical grounds when identified. The memo obtained by the Press in this case says the decision to discharge transgender soldiers must now be made by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for personnel. Prior decisions had been made by lower level Army personnel.

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Leland Ivy

Leland Ivy grew up in Georgia and Tennessee. He has worked for several members of Congress and most recently worked in 2014 to take back a Southern California Congressional District. Leland has a variety of interests including running, CrossFit, lifting weights, and flying private airplanes.

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