Bradley Manning to be a woman

Bradley Manning's lawyer has told NBC's Today show that the US soldier wants to begin hormone therapy in order to live life as a woman and be known as Chelsea Manning.

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Bradley Manning statement: I am a female

Bradley Manning released a statement to NBC News in which the former soldier requested to be known as Chelsea and to be referred to with the feminine pronoun:

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.

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