Chelsea Manning‘s news presence has veered from her leak of classified documents to WikiLeaks and subsequent conviction of espionage to her public confirmation of her already widely-acknowledged gender. Her identity with an unassigned gender and the medical associations that it entails may have implications for the conditions and duration of her sentence. In particular, it is unknown whether she will eventually be able to receive hormone replacement therapy while incarcerated at Fort Leavenworth.
The terms of transgender prisoners is an important human rights issue and hardly exclusive to high-profile cases like Manning’s. Case in point: Ophelia De’lonta.