Today, Chelsea Manning made the following statement, courtesy of TODAY News:
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
Editor’s Note: I urge everyone to please be cognizant of using the proper pronouns when referring to Chelsea. You can learn more about how to do that here.
Additionally, the U.S. Army has publicly stated that it does not provide the hormone therapy she could use for transition.
I am not linking out to any more articles on this until I can find one that is respectful, politcally correct and suitable. Thus far, nearly every headline has been extremely problematic and offensive and has used language and delivery that is disrespectful to Chelsea, as a trans woman.