'I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female'

A day after the Army private was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking classified government documents, social media users weighed in Manning's wishes to undergo hormone therapy and live her life as a woman

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  1. 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.


    Thank you,

    Chelsea E. Manning

  2. Social media reactions around the San Francisco Bay Area ranged from praise and personal support to discomfort and derision:
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