Chelsea Manning renews demand in court for hairstyle change

Pfc. Chelsea Manning

Pfc. Chelsea Manning AP Photo/U.S. Army, File

Pfc. Chelsea ManningAP Photo/U.S. Army, File

Pfc. Chelsea Manning

WASHINGTON — Imprisoned national security leaker Chelsea Manning is renewing her demand in federal court to wear a feminine hairstyle.

The transgender former Army intelligence analyst filed the amended complaint Monday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. It says gender-appropriate grooming is part of the recognized treatment for gender dysphoria, Manning’s sense of being a woman in a man’s body.

The military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, began giving Manning hormone therapy in February, but officials there have refused to allow her to wear her hair longer than 2 inches. The military has cited “safety and security risks” for the decision.

The Army didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the filing.

Manning, formerly Bradley Manning, is serving 35 years for sending classified documents to the WikiLeaks website.

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