The National Center for Transgender Equality, a D.C.-area organization that advocates equality for transgender people, has raised concern over the health care Pvt. Manning will be receiving while in jail.

NCTE executive director Mara Keisling spoke about the importance of health care equality while in federal prison.

“It’s very important as an organization that trans people are treated fairly and safely in all aspects of society,” Keisling said in a telephone interview. “What happens to some trans people when they are in custody is a crime. Restricting people from something they medically need is never right. Access to health care remains a huge problem and we’re doing our best to educate people out of these stereotypes that trans-related surgery is something other than simply healthcare.”

“If the people need it, they need it,” she ended.

READ: HRC statement on Pvt. Manning