Pentagon may transfer Chelsea Manning for hormone treatment

When convicted national security leaker Chelsea Manning said she wanted a name change — which was approved last month — the U.S. military did not oppose it. When she asked to live as a woman, military doctors diagnosed her with gender dysphoria.

But when she requested the prescribed hormone therapy, she presented officials with a new dilemma: how to treat a transgender soldier without violating U.S. military policy.

Now the Pentagon is trying to transfer her to a civilian prison for gender treatment, defense officials told the Associated Press, since the Defense Department does not offer such treatment and she cannot be discharged while serving out her 35-year sentence — even though transgender people are not allowed to serve in the U.S. military.