Transgender prisoner Chelsea Manning complains that being forced to cut her hair the same two-inch length as male prisoners has left her feeling like ‘a freak and a weirdo.’
In a legal complaint against the US military, Manning states that the haircut ‘undermines specifically recommended treatment and sends the message to everyone that she is not a “real” woman.’
Manning was given a 35-year sentence for leaking US state secrets to WikiLeaks.
It was in September that Manning was ordered to cut her hair by authorities at US Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, according to Yahoo News.
Manning wrote in a recent blog post: ‘I felt gross — like Frankenstein’s monster wandering around the countryside avoiding angry mobs with torches and pitchforks.
She wrote she was left feeling ‘humiliated, hurt and rejected.’ Manning said she ‘cried and cried and cried and sniffled a little bit, and then cried some more’ and felt like giving up.
Manning was charged with four violations of custody rules last summer.
She was found guilty of having expired toothpaste and owning copies of prohibited literature, like Vanity Fair’s Caitlyn Jenner issue, the Senate report on torture, magazines like Out and The Advocate.
Manning is currently working on an appeal to her conviction which is expected to be filed early next year.