Chelsea Manning, a trans woman who is currently serving a 35-year sentence for leaking government documents to WikiLeaks, is facing a hearing next week over a number of alleged disciplinary infractions that could force her into indefinite solitary confinement.
Those infractions, according to documents Manning posted to Twitter today, include using expired toothpaste and holding a number of prohibited books and magazines—including several LGBTQ-themed titles. The Guardian offers more information on the charges:
The army private is reportedly accused of having showed 'disrespect'; of having displayed 'disorderly conduct' by sweeping food onto the floor during dinner chow; of having kept 'prohibited property' – that is books and magazines – in her cell; and of having committing 'medicine misuse', referring to the tube of toothpaste, according to Manning’s supporters.
Manning, who was arrested and convicted as Bradley before transitioning, revealed on Friday that offending material includes an issue of Cosmopolitan in which Manning is interviewed, the issue of Vanity Fair containing the Caitlyn Jenner profile, two issues of Transgender Studies Quarterly and other publications that relate to Manning's experience as a trans woman. The list also includes books on law, history, and hacking, and Malala Yousafzai's autobiography I Am Malala.
Thousands have signed a petition to help keep Manning out of solitary.
The confiscated items, as listed in the documents tweeted by Manning:
1 3M Clinpro 5000 Anti-Activity (sic) Toothpaste
1 book, The 7 Habits on the Inside, Participant Workbook
1 magazine, The Advocate, August/September 2015
1 magazine, Out, August 2015
1 magazine, Vanity Fair, July 2015 (the Caitlyn Jenner issue)
1 magazine, Cosmopolitan, May 2015
1 book, Exploring Art
1 book, The Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture
1 book, The Hidden Qualities That Make Us Influential
1 book, Justice for Hedgehogs
1 book, A Critique of Adjudication
1 book, Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous
1 book, Data and Goliath
1 book, A Matter of Principle
1 book, Taking Rights Seriously
1 book, Law’s Empire
1 book, America, A Narrative History
1 book, Transgender Studies quarterly, Volume 2, Number 1, February 2015, Making Transgender Count
1 book, Transgender Studies Quarterly, Volume 2, Number 2, May 2015, Tranimalities
1 book, a safe girl to love
1 book, The Whiskey Rebellion
1 book, The Artificial River
1 book, I Am Malala
Danielle Wiener-Bronner is a news reporter.