Pfc. Bradley Manning Comes Out As Transgender: 'I Am Chelsea Manning. I Am Female.'
Pfc. Bradley Manning, who was sentenced yesterday to 35 years in prison, released a statement via lawyer David Coombs to the TODAY show this morning.
The statement reads: "I am Chelsea Manning. I am female."
Here's the full statement:
"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"
"Army Pfc. Bradley Manning will have access to psychiatric services while serving his prison sentence for his role in the WikiLeaks case, but the Army will not provide hormone therapy or sex-reassignment surgery, a spokesman said Thursday.
It was not immediately clear, however, whether Manning would be allowed to undergo the treatment if it was paid for by other means."
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