August 22, 2013, New York – In response to Chelsea Manning’s announcement today of her gender identity, the Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following statement:
The Center for Constitutional Rights once again applauds the courage of Chelsea Manning, first for being willing to risk her own freedom in service to her country and human rights, and now for having the courage to declare her gender identity while on the brink of spending the next three decades in prison for her earlier act of courage as a whistleblower. We wholeheartedly support her and her attorneys’ efforts to enable her to live fully in accordance with her identity.
The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.