Court filing: In Army’s eyes, Chelsea Manning still a man

Chelsea Manning (US Army via AP)

(AP) – A military prison psychologist is refusing to recommend that Chelsea Manning’s gender be officially changed to female in her Army employee-benefits file.

Lawyers for the transgender solider imprisoned for leaking classified information made the assertion in a federal court filing Monday in Washington.

FILE -  In this  June 5, 2013, file photo Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, then-Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, is escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., after the third day of his court martial.  The Associated Press has learned that Pentagon leaders are finalizing plans aimed at lifting the ban on transgender individuals serving in the military. Senior U.S. officials say an announcement is expected this week. They say the military would have six months to determine the impact and work out details, with the presumption that they would end one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
FILE – In this June 5, 2013, file photo Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, then-Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, is escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., after the third day of his court martial. The Associated Press has learned that Pentagon leaders are finalizing plans aimed at lifting the ban on transgender individuals serving in the military. Senior U.S. officials say an announcement is expected this week. They say the military would have six months to determine the impact and work out details, with the presumption that they would end one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

The document says the chief of mental health at the Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, prison recently declined Manning’s request. Manning contends she has “achieved stability in her female gender.”

The document doesn’t say why psychologist Ellen Galloway declined the request.

Manning’s lawyers say an Army policy enabling soldiers to officially change their gender does not provide an avenue for Manning to do so unless she is released or receives transgender surgery.

Her lawsuit seeks a court order allowing Manning to wear her hair longer than 2 inches.

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