Bradley Manning to Live as Woman: 'I Am Chelsea'
Says she wants to start hormone therapy
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2013 7:39 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Bradley Manning is no more. In a statement read on Today this morning, the Army private says she will live as a woman from now on. "I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am female," reads the statement, which is signed Chelsea E. Manning. "Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible." Manning says she wants to be referred to by her new name and by a feminine pronoun, "except in official mail to the confinement facility."

Manning's gender identity struggles have been in the news before, most recently during her trial, during which Manning's defense team shared an email Manning sent to a former supervisor bearing the subject line "My Problem"; it included a picture of Manning in a female wig and lipstick. While these gender identity issues were a stressor, Manning's lawyer emphasized to Today this morning that "what drove his actions was a strong moral compass." He adds that he'll "do everything in my power" to make sure Fort Leavenworth, where Manning will likely serve her 35-year sentence, provides Manning with hormone therapy.

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Shootskas
Aug 25, 2013 9:10 PM CDT
Just a way to belittle his character. Doesn't change the facts of the case.
HANKHILL
Aug 23, 2013 11:30 PM CDT
cut off he/shes balls to make it a she and then brig time!
Libris_Fidelis
Aug 23, 2013 11:26 AM CDT
BEWARE of propaganda to slander Bradley Manning! Our entirely dishonest US government has done worse than this before...and has a long history of lying to We The People! 1) Manning has had a large following of supporters who even are clamoring for a Nobel Peace Prize; 2) Our corporate-mafia-government is shocked that YET ANOTHER servant from within has revealed the tyrannical anti-Democracy anti-Peace workings of our government's clandestine ownership of the people of the world; 3) Bradley Manning has been and still is being held INCOMMUNICADO and so the news media has no access to verify if Bradley Manning really does wish to change his gender... nothing has been available to the news media to even verify his treatment as a prisoner of the military; 4) In the face of international reaction to EVEN MORE US SUBVERSION OF THE WORLD (and not just by Bradley and Snowden) the military judge reduced the sentence ALONG WITH the "release" of trans-gender mental indications quite possibly as a coordinated plot to get people to forget Manning. We have gone through this so many times, with Goering Warcrimes Bush starting two illegal wars, George H W. Bush involved with Blackwater drug-running and getting our nation convicted of war crimes against Nicaragua by Word Court and then the Democrats STOPPING the Republicans from impeaching G.H.W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan arming Iraq and Iran and setting them to war against each other... all of this history is totally unknown by our public who prefers to BEIEVE and to HOPE... it's all the same... and now with Bradley Manning!