It turns out that even while still in the military, Chelsea was secretly undergoing the transgender process.
Now she wants full recognition from the US government as a female.
In her essay, Chelsea describes some of the difficulties faced by transgendered persons.
The most serious issues are not being recognized legally as transgendered and the discrimination that is felt.
Chelsea is in prison serving a 35 year prison sentence for sending classified diplomatic information to Wikileaks.
She legally changed her name after she was sentenced.
We’re banned from serving our country in the armed services unless we serve as trans people in secret, as I did.
We should all have the absolute and inalienable right to define ourselves, in our own terms and in our own languages, and to be able to express our identity and perspectives without fear of consequences and retribution. We should all be able to live as human beings – and to be recognized as such by the societies we live in. - Chelsea Manning
Painting above is an idealized portrait of Chelsea Manning - how she views herself.
Here is how she looked as Bradley Manning.
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