In coming out as transgender, one day after receiving the longest sentence ever handed down for releasing information to the press, Chelsea Manning once again started a difficult conversation that this country needs to have. In the media frenzy following Chelsea’s announcement, even the case of Cece Macdonald got some attention. Cece is a transwoman doing time in a men’s prison in Minnesota, for defending herself and her friends against a racist, homophobic and transphobic attack.
Some supporters have suggested that Chelsea should have waited to make her announcement, in order not to deflect attention from “the broader issues.” But we feel that the rights of trans prisoners is not a narrower issue than U.S. imperialism and war. It’s all connected.
We support Chelsea for starting many hard convversations and for being who she is.