Manning changes legal name to Chelsea

Image: Reuters.

Image: Reuters.

The soldier convicted of leaking classified military and diplomatic records to Wikileaks has legally changed her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.

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  1. The Department of Defense bans transgender people from serving and routinely discharges service members who start hormone therapy.

    That's a shame, for some reason I figured that would have changed when they ended "Don't Ask Don't Tell."

  2. Kind of hard to talk about baby steps when you're getting your face smashed in.

  3. What body parts a person has is irrelevent to their identity. Denying anyone their self identity is an oppresive act.

    You are denying Chelsea Manning her self identity.

    I hate that gender identity has become politicised in such a way that it is seen OK to destroy lives for the purposes of point scoring. I know who I am, you know who you are and Chelsea Manning knows who she is. Nothing else is important.

  4. This is perfectly stated. I wish I understood why it is so hard for people to understand this. It seems perfectly clear to me. Chelsea is Chelsea, and I don't really understand it is so hard for some to accept that (not just about her, but other transgendered people). What's more perplexing to me, is that so many of the people who can't accept that buy whole heartedly into the rugged individualism ideology. So, it's only "individualism" when it buys into a particular set of binary assumptions about how people should be in this world? In other words, they only want everyone to conform to their ideas about how the world works.

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