I heard from commenters embertine and 2up2down2furious today that after his trial and sentencing, Bradley Manning has issued a statement announcing a wish to live as a woman and to be known in the future as Chelsea E. Manning and be addressed using the female pronoun.
I will of course do so.
While I was writing about Manning, I was aware about the gender identity issue and was urged many times to refer to him as a woman and to use the name Breanna, which was purportedly the name that was preferred by Manning. But in the absence of a formal statement from Manning, I did not do so thinking that it was presumptuous of me to decide on someone else’s behalf how they wished to be identified until they were ready to announce their preference.
But now that the trial is over and that issue is now settled, Chelsea Manning clearly feels that she can move on to the next stage of her life.
I am not sure how accommodating the military prison system is to dealing with gender transitions but I am hoping that along with their acceptance of gays, they will have a more enlightened attitude on this too.
I wish her well.