How to Support Incarcerated Trans People, Including Chelsea Manning
by Marci Robin
March 31, 2019
Every year, March 31 marks International Transgender Day of Visibility. It’s a day to recognize and honor those who have the courage to live authentically in the face of continued discrimination and hostility toward the trans community. And this year, March 31 also marks Chelsea Manning‘s 23rd day, according to her supporters and CNN, in administrative segregation — also known as solitary confinement — after being jailed for refusing to testify in front of a grand jury regarding WikiLeaks.
This is Manning’s second time being incarcerated over matters related to WikiLeaks, with the first time starting in 2010 and overlapping with her 2013 disclosure that she is transgender. That 35-year sentence was commuted by President Barack Obama, and she was released in January 2017. During that time in a men’s prison — a cruel yet common experience for many transgender inmates —, Manning was put in solitary confinement over a suicide attempt for 14 days.
“That Manning is now in solitary confinement is devastating,” Ana Valens writes for The Daily Dot. “She has been through so much, and she was finally getting the therapy and the real-life friendships she needed to recover. But the government took that all away from her.”