“I am Chelsea Manning. I am female,” Manning said in a statement.
“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.”
This isn’t the first time that Manning’s gender identity disorder comes to light.
During his Army career, he sent an email to a supervisor in which he attached a photo of himself dressed as a woman and confessed about his confusion.