Nobody gets a "pass" on anything because they're trans, they get to undergo a functionally worse iteration of whatever vicissitudes they'd be subjected to otherwise
And "Manning being a traitor" is actually the most worthless criticism of her
Because Chelsea Manning is not THEIR issue, but they take that angle to make it all about them and their hurt feelings
Regardless of the impact it had, Manning pretty obviously saw herself as a whistleblower, not a traitor. Compare her to Jonathan Pollard or Ana Montes, who were deliberately selling the US out to Israel and Cuba, respectively. Big difference.)
And arguably she was also GROOMED for it)
She was kept in solitary confinement in a men's prison, forced to present as male, and literally had lifesaving healthcare withheld from her
Trans people released from prison often commit suicide because the trauma of long-term solitary can do irreparable harm
There's practically no question.
That's not a pass.
They're saying that an enormous amount of the antipathy towards her is rooted in transmisogyny. And it is
I have so little patience to hear that shit
1) Through her actions she galvanized transphobia, both nationally on a small-scale and within the *single largest employer of trans people* on a large scale
Resulting in trans ppl being subjected to abuse
That she put more bricks in that wall between trans people and access to necessary healthcare.
And, no, that's not a respectability politics argument. Manning enabled the narrative to foment that transness is capricious
You are misreading, or at the very least you're seriously underselling the responsibility Manning had as a trans woman employed by the single-largest employer of trans people NOT to become famous for iniquities that would cast scrutiny on other trans ppl
My actions would be exploited to vindicate harm done against other trans people.
Does it excuse the fact that she didn't? No.
And she clearly scored high enough on the ASVAB to score into a computer job. It was well within her ability to do so.
Manning served as a lot of people's first introduction to the trans community, and it was not a good one.
If this isn't one of the loci of your outrage, you're not a trans ally.
Because Julian Assange appeared on the Colbert Report on April 12, 2010. Before that, I'd never heard of him.
Chelsea Manning's actions aggrandized him. She made him a celebrity.
But if you want to go ham with this—as I do—then Assange is the reason Donald Trump is currently the president.
But Assange had a much greater, more long-term impact.
So everything the Trump administration has done is a ripple effect of that action. The erosion of LGBT protections? Children being torn from their families? SCOTUS? Manning helped.
But she isn't!
She wants to be a leader in the hashtag-resistance, but she precipitated the need a resistance of this scale to begin with.
In the name of transness, she helped ruin the lives of trans people.
It does not feel good to see Manning schmoozing with the very fascists her actions indirectly empowered.
E.g., when a cis woman in the military does something fucked, there's a hundred military women you can point to who are absolutely killing it.
That wasn't the case with Chelsea.
If your animus towards Manning isn't predicated on the harm she did to trans people, or on her role in "making" Julian Assange, it's misguided and petty.