Trans and atheist activist vlogger extraordinaire Zinnia Jones went on CNN twice in the last few days to defend Chelsea Manning’s rights to have her gender dysphoria treated in prison and was as incredibly concise and articulate as I would expect from her.
The first video Zinnia recounts her own knowledge of Chelsea’s process of coming to terms with her gender dysphoria, based on personal interactions with her:
Then today, she talked more focusedly about Chelsea’s right to transition in prison:
We sentence people to incarceration. We don’t sentence them to untreated medical conditions. We don’t sentence them to untreated gender dysphoria just as we don’t sentence them to untreated kidney failure, untreated infections, or anything else of the sort. When the government takes on inmates and incarcerates them, it becomes responsible for their medical care. And this condition from a medical and scientific perspective is no different from any other medical condition that requires treatment. And increasingly from a legal perspective as well. Civilian courts have found in almost all cases that prisons are required to provide hormone therapy and increasingly surgery as well. Not to do so is considered cruel and unusual punishment under the 8th Amendment.
And while we are on the topic of Zinnia, she has written a fascinatingly informative and bravely open piece about her decision, for the time being, to have her testicles removed but not to undergo vaginoplasty.