Bradley Manning: I Want to Live As a Woman. {Video}

Via Jennifer S. White
on Aug 22, 2013
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Bradley Manning brings up an interesting gender identity issue for convicted criminals.

Just this morning (Thursday, August 22, 2013), former United States soldier Bradley Manning announced her female identity and her desire to live as a woman named Chelsea despite being currently imprisoned, and sentenced to 35 years, for leaking the largest set of classified documents ever to the public.

Watch her attorney make the announcement on the Today Show:


For a mindful community, like those of us at elephant journal, this is a potentially sticky dynamic of gender acceptance and conflicts surrounding simply the current legalities of restrictions placed upon convicted criminals.

Food for thought, and for discussion.


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Ed: Bryonie WIse


About Jennifer S. White

Jennifer S. White is a voracious reader, obsessive writer, passionate yoga instructor and drinker of hoppy ales. She’s also a devoted mama and wife (a stay-at-home yogi). She considers herself to be one of the funniest people who ever lived and she’s also an identical twin. In addition to her work on elephant journal, Jennifer has over 40 articles published on the wellness website MindBodyGreen and her yoga-themed column Your Personal Yogi ran in the newspaper Toledo Free Press. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in geology, absolutely no degrees in anything related to literature, and she currently owns a wheel of cheese. If you want to learn more about Jennifer, make sure to check out her writing, as she’s finally put her tendencies to over-think and over-share to good use. Jennifer is the author of The Best Day of Your Life, available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. She's also as excited as a five year old to announce the release of her second book, The Art of Parenting: Love Letters from a Mother, available on Amazon.


2 Responses to “Bradley Manning: I Want to Live As a Woman. {Video}”

  1. Leslie Shilling says:

    I would imagine that hormone replacement therapy is a difficult process in the best of circumstances. Why anyone would chose to do it while incarcerated is beyond me. With this announcement being public, placement in a men’s prison would be dangerous even if therapy is delayed. It would almost seem safest to allow the therapy and have placement in a women’s prison. Tough situation no matter what.

  2. Leslie, it definitely is a tough situation no matter what (and her safety was brought up in the video too). Thanks for taking the time to comment.