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There Should Be Nothing for Media to Debate: 'She' Should Now Be Used to Refer to Manning

By: Kevin Gosztola
 
The soldier who was sentenced to thirty-five years in prison for releasing United States government information that was published by WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning, came out as a woman this morning when his defense attorney announced that Manning was a female and wanted to be called Chelsea Manning.

David Coombs appeared on the "TODAY" show and read the following:

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.

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