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Originally posted by oneisone
reply to post by FlyersFan
I saw this just a few minutes ago & my first thought was, great now the tax payers have to fund his change.
It's also odd, to me, that his next day statement after being sentenced to 35 years is "I was to live as a woman". And with the comment about "look forward to receiving letters from supporters", seems he is enjoying his new found fame.
Manning began questioning his sexuality at the age of 13 and came out quietly to a few friends in 2000. “He just didn’t feel it was necessary to tell his family,” explained one of his childhood friends.
Soon after he arrived in Iraq, Manning began to grow troubled by his gender identity. He later wrote that the stress of deployment led him to question whether he truly identified as a man, and he reached out to a gender counselor online in November 2009.
Manning later revealed that he had dressed up as a woman during his trip home, with a “wig, breastforms, dress, the works.”
Manning emailed a letter to an Army superior confessing his gender identity disorder and sent a photo of himself dressed as a woman to one of his commanding officers.
This is my problem. I’ve had signs of it for a very long time. I’ve been trying very, very hard to get rid of it. It is not going away. It is haunting me more and more as I get older. Now the consequences are getting harder. I am not sure what to do with it. It’s destroying my ties with family. It is preventing me from developing as a person. It’s the cause of my pain and confusion. It makes the most basic things in my life very difficult. The fear of getting caught has made me cover up. It is difficult to sleep and impossible to have conversations. It makes my entire life feel like a bad dream that won’t end. I don’t know what to do. I don’t know what to do. I don’t know what will happen to me. But at this point I feel like I am not here anymore. Everyone is concerned about me, and everyone is afraid of me. I am sorry.
Signed, Bradley Manning.
Manning wrote that he was establishing a digital presence for “Breanna Manning,” the name he planned to assume after transitioning.
Manning, who planned to transition from male to female, worried about being caught and there being photos of him “as a boy” in the media.
Originally posted by MindBodySpiritComplex
reply to post by Stormdancer777
SHE, why can't you effing respect her wish! Take a clue from this article, that actually does:
Written statement to NBC's Today programme says she wishes to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible
Originally posted by Stormdancer777
reply to post by dfens
The attempt to marginalize Manning
I guess we cannot blame the military for this one if he had gender issues since he was 13.
Originally posted by CALGARIAN
Omg.. This is tragic. Now media has a reason to poke fun of him.
Factual proof that real life is better any film.
You couldn't write this stuff.edit on 22-8-2013 by CALGARIAN because: (no reason given)
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.
Originally posted by CALGARIAN
AHHHH! So THIS explains why he couldn't keep a secret.
I must admit that this guy / girl / boy / trans / gay / and traitor got some impeccable timing . The minute he get send of to a prision packed with horny mtfrs he comes out the closet,lolol