CeCe McDonald is scheduled to be released from prison this month. This is a very big deal. Her case is a prime example of how the legal system can (and often does) work against protecting LGBTQ people.
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs tracks anti-LGBTQ violence in the United States and puts together an annual report that builds understanding of both the violence LGBTQ people deal with as well as the difficulties of accurately gauging the widespread problem. Here are three charts from the most recent report that shine some light on this complicated reality.
People often talk about a hierarchy inherent in the acronym LGBT: that gays and lesbians garner the most attention and representation, while the "B" and the "T" get left out of the conversation or are excluded on purpose, even within the queer community. Meanwhile, some identities are left off altogether.
"I am Chelsea Manning. I am female." With that announcement, Chelsea Manning begins her thirty-five year sentence with the dubious distinction of being the first openly trans woman in the U.S. military prison system.
While a new National Gay and Lesbian Task Force study shows that trans people are twice as likely to serve in the military than the rest of Americans, the military still bans openly trans folks from service and discriminates against them in a variety of ways. Manning's imprisonment has already sparked national conversation about punishing whistleblowers and treatment of trans people—now, the military is having to consider the fact that their prison system is not set up for trans service members.