An editorial linked from Feminsting, which I think is quite downbeat – I mean, although it makes some important points about everything from trans rights to misgendering, I think it’s somewhat negative. However, since I am not the world, I felt others might like to read it.
I do think that *some* of the misgendering of Chelsea Manning was not due to trans hate or sloppiness, but in part because *some* reporters and commentators simply thought it was a ruse, having not delved into the story deep enough.
We have a long way to go for transgender liberation.
This news won’t go away, but I reckon that it will die down a bit. Probably we can expect that the Federal Government will deny Manning hormone treatment, and it will go to court, and then the Feds will likely lose, after spending $100,000 or more in Federal money to fight shelling out all of $50/month for estradiol and spironolactone.
The really depressing thing about this news are the comments below the article. Le sigh.
Bradley Manning adopts new gender, name: now Chelsea Manning – CNN.com.
(Above: photograph of Breanna Manning) Not many people know that Wikileaks source Bradley Manning, currently about to start serving a very lengthy sentence for embarrassing the United States government by leaking classified information, has a history of claiming to be a transgender woman (“Breanna”). I say “claims” because in the past he has claimed to be straight/cis-gendered, and at other times they’ve claimed to be a gay male.
It’s possible Bradley/Breanna hasn’t figured it out themselves – very few of us had all the answers right away, no? Or it’s possible it’s a scam to gain leniency. Whatever the case, I’m glad the mass media hasn’t latched onto the “transgender” label in a negative context over this.
A Portrait of the Mind of Bradley Manning – Elspeth Reeve – The Atlantic Wire.