Army grants Manning's request for sex change operation

She's announced that she is ending her hunger strike because the army has agreed to allow her to get medical treatment for her gender dysphoria.

Manning, who is a transgender woman, began the hunger strike on September 9 to demand the "medically necessary and recommended treatment" for her disorder. Manning is held in Kansas.

"I am unendingly relieved that the military is finally doing the right thing", Manning said in an ACLU statement. I applaud them for that.

BuzzFeed first reported the news about the government's decision and Manning's notification of it, but they were unable to get confirmation from a military spokesperson, who only said, "We can not and will not discuss the medical needs of individuals".

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Manning, a former intelligence analyst in Iraq, was sentenced in 2013 to 35 years in prison after a military court conviction of providing more than 700,000 documents, videos, diplomatic cables and battlefield accounts to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks.

Manning will be the first transgender person to receive gender confirmation surgery while in prison.

Since then, Manning has fought to receive medical care for her gender dysphoria while incarcerated. The recommendations for my hair length were back in 2014. "Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible".

Following an announcement that transgender people would no longer be banned from serving in the military, the Pentagon announced that they would also provide medical treatment, including sex reassignment surgery, for transgender troops at an estimated cost of $2.4 million to $8.4 million, per year.

After news broke of the Army's decision, social media critics came out in droves to condemn the use of taxpayers' money on the surgery.

"Thankfully the government has recognized its constitutional obligation to provide Chelsea with the medical care that she needs and we hope that they will act without delay to ensure that her suffering does not needlessly continue", said the ACLU. While Manning's doctors have recommended the Army private be allowed to follow "female hair grooming standards", the military denied that request, the ACLU said.

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