XY Chelsea

Institute History


Soldier, trans woman and prisoner, Chelsea Manning has launched an appeal against the U.S. Military, challenging a 35-year sentence given after she disclosed almost 700,000 U.S. military and diplomatic documents. Incarcerated in an all-male military prison in Kansas, she is also undergoing hormone replacement therapy to transition to the female gender she has identified with all her life. This is a fight for Chelsea’s identity: her character, her integrity, and her humanity. Told from Chelsea’s perspective, through an intimate prison diary, XY Chelsea will provide an unique view of one of the most important stories of the 21st century and an ongoing legal battle that has implications for us all.


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