Kansas judge officially grants Private Manning's name change

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#1 Posted by ad1x2 (6681 posts) -

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/23/judge-to-mull-chelsea-manning-name-change-request/8042201/

Under the name of Bradley, Private Manning leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents as well as at least two videos to the website WikiLeaks. During the trial some said that being gay and the resulting bullying helped push Manning to the edge. His lawyer even considered a "gay soldier" defense.

One day after being sentenced to 35 years of confinement, Private Manning stated that he is now a she and should be addressed in female pronouns from now on. Also, from this point on Manning wanted to be addressed as Chelsea.

Today, a Kansas court granted Manning's request. The Army is expected to update Manning's name to comply with the court order but since the military does not allow transgendered people to serve Manning will continue to be treated as a male.

Thoughts? Should the Army also recognize Private Manning as a woman or is simply recognizing the name change good enough?

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#2 Posted by dave123321 (35340 posts) -

Let Chelsea be Chelsea I say

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#3 Posted by dave123321 (35340 posts) -

Recognize her for who she is, yes

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#4 Edited by RadecSupreme (4824 posts) -

wtf....

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#5 Posted by Senor_Kami (8529 posts) -

@ad1x2 said:

Today, a Kansas court granted Manning's request. The Army is expected to update Manning's name to comply with the court order but since the military does not allow transgendered people to serve Manning will continue to be treated as a male.

That's a quagmire waiting to explode.

Anyways, name changes are valid and legal things. There never should have been a hold up if all rules were being followed for the person's state. If he is post-op and has no penis, he should be recognized as a she (although on some level I feel like he should have to do the physical requirements as a man since those are based on non-genitalia body struct of men) but if he still has a penis he's just a guy in drag and should be addressed as a he. Calling him she would be nice and comfy but I don't think the military has to be nice and comfy, considering that they make you wake up at like 4am and run for miles, nice and comfy isn't really what they're in the business of.

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#6 Posted by Master_Live (18821 posts) -

Yay!