Bradley Manning Reveals She’s Transgender: ‘I Want to Live as a Woman’ (VIDEO)

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chelsea manningWell we sure didn't see this coming. Bradley Manning has come out as transgendered. The Army private who was just sentenced to 35 years for giving classified documents to WikiLeaks says she wants to live life as a woman. Manning says she has identified as female since childhood. At least one of her Army superiors knew, but told no one. Manning wanted to wait until after her trial to reveal that she is transgender.

Manning said in a statement:

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.

Manning wants to undergo hormone therapy. She is expected to be sent to prison at Ft. Leavenworth, but hormone therapy is not available at that facility. At any rate, in the statement, Manning says she wants to be referred to now as female.

Manning's gender identity issues came up during her trial. One example: In 2010 she sent an email to her supervisor, Master Sgt. Paul Adkins, revealing her gender-identity disorder. She told Adkins that she'd hoped enlisting in the Army would help, but if anything her struggles were intensifying as she grew older. Adkins kept Manning's revelation secret because the private's skills were essential to their mission -- Manning was an intelligence analyst in Baghdad at the time. Plus, "I really didn’t think at the time that having a picture floating around of one of my soldiers in drag [was] in the best interest of the intel mission," Adkins says. Manning's defense said that her gender identity issues were part of the reason why she decided to leak the classified documents.

Wow, okay ... I know people are going to disagree with me here, but I feel for Manning. That must have been such a torturous conflict for her. It kind of does put her leaks into a different light. Maybe she felt like her life was impossible already, so she had nothing to lose.

Now the question is whether or not she'll be allowed to get that hormone therapy. Is she entitled to that, now that she is no longer a free person? My guess is she'll have to undergo some sort of psychological evaluation to determine if denying hormone replacement therapy would be considered harmful to her mental health. After everything she's been through, I think she should get the therapy. She's already going to prison for 35 years -- why intensify her suffering?

But the Army does not provide hormone therapy, nor will the Army pay gender reassignment surgery, so it doesn't look good for Manning. I worry about how she'll be treated in prison with this new revelation, too. I can't imagine she'll be treated gently. Prison is tough for anyone, but Manning will be especially vulnerable. I hate to think her punishment will be worse than the court decided she deserves. Her lawyer says he's still hoping Manning will get a pardon.

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nonmember avatar Alex

If he is allowed hormone treatment in jail lets just do away with incarceration all together. The fact that he is gender confused had nothing to do with putting thousands of lives in danger with his traitorous actions. I am not an Obama supporter but I do love my country. Anyone who did what he did does not deserve any leniency. Who knows how many lives were killed due to his disclosures. HE is scum.

Katha... Katharine205

Absolutely not with taxpayer money.  Friggin ridiculous.

mem82 mem82

"It kind of does put her leaks into a different light. Maybe she felt like her life was impossible already, so she had nothing to lose."


Um, that in no way makes what he did any better. How does having an identity conflict make leaking important military documents understandable in any way? It sounds like he is trying to get moved into a civilian jail or just wants to stay in the spotlight by dragging out lawsuits for his *rights* for the next five years. Whether he wants to be a man or a woman, he is still a douche.

nonmember avatar krelia

I'm glad people support this type of mental condition. No amount of surgery or hormones will ever make him a her. He will always be a he.

bills... billsfan1104

Are you for real?? He put the lives of my family and other soldier in danger because if his leaks.

I don't give a fuck, if you think you should have a penis or not, but he had no right to do what he did. He did it for greed. He deserves more than the 35 years he got and if Obama pardons him, that will be shameful for the country.

fave82 fave82

STOP calling this MAN a she. It's a he, for crying out loud.

nonmember avatar Alex

What bothers me is if someone makes this declaration that they now want to be referred as a woman or man society is expected to respect that no questions asked.

Hell I would love it if I could demand someone called me a 5'9, blonde 120 blonde goddess. It however would not change the reality that I am a 5'1" 135 pound, "curvy" brunette!

He deserves to stay incarcerated for the rest of his life.

nonmember avatar Mirabelle

@alex- lol- me too;) this MAN is an utter disgrace made all the more deplorable playing the transgender confusion card. I will be livid if he does not serve the full 35 years. My son puts his life on the line every day so that trash like Bradley can have a fair trial.

PRIMA487 PRIMA487

I have an issue with calling him a her because that's how he feels.He has not had any hormone treatments or surgery.Fuck the real him is Chelsea;the real him is a traitor.So happy that the army will not give him his hearts desire.I could give a flying fuck how he will be treated when he's locked up.

LeeshaE LeeshaE

She has showed more courage than most due in a lifetime. For those of you claiming she put Americans at risk please give a specific example of this fallacy. The only damage the US incurred was gross embarrassment, not because of a leak in general but we were exposed for being jerks. The only valid argument is that who has gave her the right to disclose said information but what gives officialsthe right its not the citizens because the ones in charge are appointed not elected. People need to wake up there is tyrannical movement to silence the press, which is a huge contributor to the freedoms you enjoy. Remember that freedom of press contributes greatly to system of checks and balances. It was the press that took down Nixon don't forget. Now what if Deep Throat was charged with espionage, it would be different world. Just because the truth is not pretty does not make it wrong to expose.

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