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ACLU, LGBT groups call on Obama to grant clemency to Chelsea Manning
From a press release
2016-12-05

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WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union and over a dozen LGBT groups sent a letter to President Barack Obama today urging the commutation of Chelsea Manning's sentence for disclosing classified information to the media to raise public awareness regarding the impact of war on innocent civilians. Manning is in the seventh year of a 35-year sentence.

Ian Thompson, ACLU legislative representative, offered the following statement:

"Ms. Manning is the longest serving whistleblower in the history of the United States. Granting her clemency petition will give Ms. Manning a first chance to live a real, meaningful life as the person she was born to be."

The letter reads, "Manning, a transgender woman who is being forced to serve out her sentence in an all-male prison, has been subjected to long stretches of solitary confinement — including for attempting suicide — and denied necessary medical treatment related to her gender dysphoria. The Army even opposed her request to use her legal name and to be referred to by female pronouns. While the armed forces have finally opened the door to transgender men and women who wish to serve, the government has continually fought Ms. Manning's efforts to be treated with basic dignity."

The following groups signed the letter:

American Civil Liberties Union

BiNet USA

COLAGE

Family Equality Council

FORGE, Inc.

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders

Immigration Equality

KhushDC

Lambda Legal

League of United Latin American Citizens

Los Angeles LGBT Center

National Black Justice Coalition

National Center for Lesbian Rights

National LGBTQ Task Force

National Organization for Women

Pride at Work

Transgender Law Center

The letter can be found here:

www.aclu.org/letter/support-clemency-application-ms-chelsea-manning .

This statement is online here:

www.aclu.org/news/aclu-and-lgbt-groups-call-obama-grant-clemency-chelsea-manning .


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