Private Manning requests official name change from Bradley to Chelsea Elizabeth 

  • Bradley Manning was convicted in July to 35-years for releasing the largest cache of files in American history to Wikileaks
  • Private Manning announced in August that he wanted to be called Chelsea as he no longer identified as a man
  • Has gender identity disorder - which means he believes he was born the wrong sex

By Daily Mail Reporter


The army private convicted as Bradley Manning for releasing US diplomatic and military secrets to Wikileaks has officially petitioned a Kansas court for a name change to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.

Manning who announced last August that she identifies as a woman and wants to be called Chelsea has a hearing scheduled at Fort Leavenworth, where Manning is serving his 35-year sentence.

The news was announced on Wednesday by the Private Manning Support Network, which also said it is changing its name to the Chelsea Manning Support Network.

Name change: Chelsea Manning, who was tried and convicted for leaking U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks, is petitioning a Kansas court for an official name change, to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning

Name change: Chelsea Manning, who was tried and convicted for leaking U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks, is petitioning a Kansas court for an official name change, to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning

Officials at Fort Leavenworth have said Manning would have to get a legal name change to be known as Chelsea.

Media has referred to Manning as Chelsea since shortly after she announced in August her desire to be known by that name and treated as a woman.

Manning has been diagnosed by at least two Army behavioral health specialists with gender dysphoria, or gender identity disorder.

 

In addition to the name change, Manning has asked to receive hormone replacement therapy and live as a woman while incarcerated.

She and Coombs have said they will go to court, if necessary, to obtain the hormone treatment.

Civilian federal prisons are required to provide such treatment, if deemed medically necessary, for inmates diagnosed with gender dysphoria.

Trial: Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Maryland, during the fifth week of his court-martial in July 2013

Trial: Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Maryland, during the fifth week of his court-martial in July 2013

Unlike in military prisons, the policy also allows inmates who believe they are the wrong gender to dress and live accordingly as part of their individual treatment plans.

The military has said it does not provide treatment for gender dysphoria because Pentagon policy dictates that transgender soldiers are not allowed to serve.

But Manning can't be discharged until she's released from prison and exhausts appeals of her criminal convictions.

The former intelligence analyst was sentenced in August to 35 years for leaking battlefield video and hundreds of thousands of classified Iraq and Afghanistan war logs and State Department diplomatic cables while serving in Iraq.

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This person is so confused & damaged. Sad really.

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Not until he has served his sentence!

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I'm transphobic get over it.

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I do not think our hard earned tax dollars should go towards anything but a name tag for this TRAITOR. Identity gender crisis does not lead towards betrayal of a country. PS along with the Chelsea name tag a Hand Basket would be an ok out of tax pocket expense.

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And I thought you lost all your rights and privileges when serving jail time. Shim can wait till it's jail time is up before working on his dress up.

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You can be whatever you want to be In 35 years. Until then all you are is a prisoner.

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He can do anything he wants, but he will ALWAYS have MALE chromosomes, and be a male.

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Hormones, surgery, and someday in the near future they will be able to be pregnant as well. I'm not against it.

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Does "she" still have "it"? If so, "she" is still a dude and should be treated accordingly.

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He will still be a "he", even if he cuts it off.

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Actually, even surgically removing "it" doesn't change anything. If a male had a horrific accident and lost that part he would still be a he. Voluntarily removing it does not change your sex, just your appearance.

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