Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force on Chelsea Manning

August 22, 2013

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WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 — "While there are many strong opinions about what Pvt. Manning did, most lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and our allies will support and understand Chelsea Manning in her transition," said the Rev. Darlene Nipper, Task Force Deputy Executive Director." In fact, her story may help to shine the spotlight on transgender people and transgender people in prison."

In the groundbreaking report Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey — by the Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality — 16 percent of trans women respondents reported denial of regular health care while in jail/prison, and almost a fifth (24%) reported denial of hormones. Sexual assault was also found to be a major problem affecting trans people in our prison system, with 38 percent of black trans women reporting such assaults.

The full report is available at the Task Force website. Go here.

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