NY Times: Bradley Manning Now Called Chelsea, and He's a She

Monday, 26 Aug 2013 08:54 PM

By Cathy Burke

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Starting Tuesday, convicted Army Private Bradley Manning will be a "she" in the columns of The New York Times, honoring the dishonorably discharged soldier's request to be addressed as a woman.

Manning was convicted last month of violating the U.S. Espionage Act, among other offenses, after dumping hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the anti-secrets website WikiLeaks, which published many of them. Other media also published the secrets leaked by Manning.

The Associated Press also will start using "she" and call her Chelsea when referring to Manning, who declared last Thursday he would live as a woman, Politico reported Monday.

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"Our deputy editor in charge of copy desks has sent out a message to let folks here know we will make the change tomorrow," Greg Brock, the Times' senior editor for standards, told Politico.

A New York Times representative confirmed the change.

The AP alerted its member editors in an email Monday night, Politico reported.

"The Associated Press will henceforth use Pvt. Chelsea E. Manning and female pronouns for the soldier formerly known as Bradley Manning, in accordance with her wishes to live as a woman," the email stated.

Manning dropped his transgender bombshell on Aug. 22, a day after being sentenced to 35 years in Fort Leavenworth military prison and a dishonorable discharge from the Army.

"I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female," declared the 25-year-old Manning, asking supporters to use "my new name and use the feminine pronoun" in gender references.

Manning said in the statement:

"As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me," she wrote.

"... 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."

The AP explained:

"The use of the first name Chelsea and feminine pronouns in Manning’s case is in conformity with the transgender guidance in the AP Stylebook.

"The guidance calls for using the pronoun preferred by the individuals who have acquired the physical characteristics of the opposite sex or present themselves in a way that does not correspond with their sex at birth."

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