Chelsea Manning petitions Kansas court for legal name change

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Jailed transgender whistleblower Chelsea Manning has petitioned a Kansas Court to allow her to legally change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.

According to the Leavenworth Times, Leavenworth County District Court has scheduled an April 23 hearing on the name change request.

The petition was filed on January 27 and published 1 March, but only came to light today. It was submitted by Manning’s lawyer David Coombs, of Providence, Rhode Island.

Manning, 25, is being held Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, for leaking classified material to the website WikiLeaks. She was sentenced to 35 years behind bars last August.

The former US soldier, who came out as transgender last year, is still being denied access to hormone replacement therapy by the military prison.

A civil prison would be required to respect her transition and provide her the treatments she requested, but military prisons provide no support, as transgender people are already banned from military service.

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