Bradley Manning announced this week that he wants to be "Chelsea" and considered female. Manning has not had a court approved name or gender change, has had no hormone treatments, and still has all his man parts, so should a news organization call him a her? There is not a consistent answer to that question.
In a written statement Thursday, Manning said, "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. ... 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)."
ABC News, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, New York Magazine, and The New Yorker all began using feminine pronouns in reference to Manning. The Associated Press style guide also advises using the pronouns preferred by the individual, regardless of their gender. CBS News, CNN, National Public Radio, NBC News, The New York Times, Politico and The Washington Post chose not to follow these guidelines and continued to use masculine pronouns. more >>
Bradley Manning, the former U.S. Army private found guilty of espionage and other charges in the 2010 WikiLeaks scandal, announced Thursday that he now identifies as a woman, and will begin hormone therapy so that he can fully become a transgender female.
"I am Chelsea Manning. I am female," Manning said in a statement read by his attorney on NBC's "Today" show Thursday morning. "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]," Manning added in his statement, which has also been posted on the NBC website. "I look forward to receiving letters from supporters and having the opportunity to write back." Manning signed the letter "Chelsea Manning." more >>
A socially conservative policy organization based in Washington, D.C. is calling on the United States military to stop providing paid leave for personnel to have same-sex weddings.
The Family Research Council has called on supporters to tell the U.S. Senate to remove a measure from the National Defense Authorization Bill for 2014 that funds these bonuses.
In an email sent out to supporters on Tuesday, FRC President Tony Perkins argued that the Defense Department's "special leave" represented unequal treatment of military servicemen. more >>
A conservative legal group has stated its intentions to file a lawsuit against New Jersey over a recently signed law banning sexual orientation conversion therapy for minors.
Mat Staver, founder and chairman of The Liberty Counsel, confirmed to The Christian Post on Monday his organization's plan to file the suit. "We will be filing suit," said Staver, adding that the suit should be submitted "later this week."
On Monday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law A-3371, a bill that would ban the controversial practice of reparative therapy (also called conversion therapy) for minors. A-3371 enjoyed bipartisan support in the Garden State's Legislature, with both houses voting overwhelmingly in favor of the bill. A-3371 was sponsored by Assemblymen Timothy J. Eustace, Herb Conaway, Jr., John J. Burzichelli, Holly Schepisi, and Reed Gusciora. All the sponsors except Republican Schepisi were Democrats. more >>
A new law in Germany will allow parents to select a "third gender" on the birth certificate of their child, should the child want to identify with a certain gender in the future. Germany is the first country in Europe to pass this type of legislation.
The new law, which is to take effect throughout the country in November, will allow a child born with both male and female physical attributes, also known as a transsexual or hermaphrodite, to pick the option of "gender blank" on their birth certificate so they may choose a "male" or "female" gender later in life. The child may also choose to keep the third gender option forever.
This legislation comes after a constitutional court decision which determined that as long as a person "deeply feels and lives" a particular gender, they have the legal right to be identified with that gender. The new legislation has served as an amendment added to the country's Civil Status Act back in May, although it has gained more national attention as November comes closer. more >>
A pro-choice and anti-pornography group has organized a "Freedom Rider" tour that kicked off in New York City and San Francisco last month. End Patriarchy Now launched a month long, cross-country campaign to call for "abortion on demand, and without apology."
Although Stop Patriarchy originally limited itself to fighting pornography, it has since broadened its stance to include advocating for abortion, arguing on its website that "Women are not objects. Women are not things to be used for the sexual pleasure of men nor are they breeders of children."