Court Forces Army to Call Manning 'She'

Or military may refer to Chelsea Manning as 'Private First Class Manning'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2015 9:06 AM CST
In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Army, Pfc. Chelsea Manning poses for a photo wearing a wig and lipstick.   (AP Photo/U.S. Army, File)

(Newser) – Another win for Chelsea Manning: Weeks after the US army approved hormone therapy for the imprisoned soldier, a court order now bans the military from referring to her as a man. Per the Guardian, lawyers representing the military—which bars transgender people from serving—had said in a filing last month that "unless directed otherwise by this honorable court, the government intends to refer to [Manning] using masculine pronouns."

But the order from the US army court of criminal appeals says that, going forward, the military must use "Private First Class Manning" or the feminine pronoun in all correspondence. A lawyer for Manning called the decision "an important victory for Chelsea, who has been mistreated by the government for years."

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