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Subject: The Next Stage of My Life
I want to thank everybody who has supported me over the last three years. Throughout this long ordeal, your letters of support and encouragement have helped keep me strong. I am forever indebted to those who wrote to me, made a donation to my defense fund, or came to watch a portion of the trial. I would especially like to thank Courage to Resist and the Bradley Manning Support Network for their tireless efforts in raising awareness for my case and providing for my legal representation.
As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition. I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun (except in official mail to the confinement facility). I look forward to receiving letters from supporters and having the opportunity to write back.
Chelsea E. Manning
While Fort Leavenworth, the prison where Manning will serve her sentence, does not offer hormone therapy, (Attorney David) Coombs told host Savannah Guthrie he would fight to ensure his client received the medical treatment she needed. He also said he and Manning had not discussed sex reassignment surgery, and that getting her access to the needed hormones is his priority at this time.
Asked why Chelsea Manning had not made a statement about her gender before the trial was over, Coombs said, “She didn’t want this to be something that overshadowed the case.”
The Army does not provide hormone therapy or sex-reassignment surgery for gender identity disorder.
~ Statement from the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth
Bradley Manning wants to live as a woman, be known as Chelsea. http://t.co/47XZE14YZb
— CNN (@CNN) August 22, 2013
WikiPedia's Bradley Manning page now redirects to Chelsea Manning page http://t.co/EUu9ZUIuag http://t.co/X6mYbUlXgX
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) August 22, 2013
I feel pretty emotional about the fact that one of the most important whistleblowers ever is a woman. #FreeChelsea— Victoria Wang (@violasong) August 22, 2013
Strikes me that given Manning's crimes, her announcement is also about a prison sentence not ending her life: http://t.co/0nQavPmvxV
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) August 22, 2013
While I don't agree with what she did, I respect Chelsea Manning's identity and choice to express herself #genderidentity #transgender
— Dom Davis (@domtylerdavis) August 22, 2013
#Manning has always been a transwoman. Many trans people serve in the military, but they are not covered by DADT so they hide it.
— Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) August 22, 2013
Every time a tweet about Chelsea Manning passes through my timeline my brain calls up the song Chelsea Danger. Such is my hell.
— Cecily Walker (@skeskali) August 22, 2013
Woke up it was a Chelsea #Manning ! Apologies to Joni Mitchell
— Gary Carnal (@GACDOG) August 22, 2013
Chelsea (fmrly Bradley) Manning may make really meaningful change, but perhaps not in the way @wikileaks hoped http://t.co/jWHvli3ycK
— Addison DiSesa (@AddisonDiSesa) August 22, 2013
Bradley Manning news raises questions about how to refer to transgender people in stories: http://t.co/imcyVw9FnW Some tips, style notes.
— Poynter (@Poynter) August 22, 2013
.@Poynter did you mean Chelsea Manning?
— M. Flohr (@M_Flohr) August 22, 2013
Those that said that they are Bradley Manning will now have to be Chelsea Manning, all a little confusing really.
— Confhaola (@soconfhaola) August 22, 2013
Reaching my limit on apparently telepathic cis wunderkinds explaining exactly what is going on in Chelsea Manning's head.
— Julie Karasik (@createsomething) August 22, 2013
Chelsea Manning. Why are people finding this so hard? Dear media: get a grip. http://t.co/4Xjlo0Y9Uc— Natalie Schmitt (@NSchmitt) August 22, 2013
Calm down, it's just a joke. #FreeChelsea— Anonymous Operations (@Anon_Central) August 22, 2013