Our Transgender Community

August 29, 2013


Last Wednesday a judge sentenced Army Private “Bradley” Manning to thirty-five years in prison after Manning was convicted of handing over to Wikileaks a treasure trove of classified military files and videos. Immediately after the sentencing Manning announced that from now on she would like to be referred to as Chelsea Manning and that she would pursue a series of hormone treatments to assist in her full transition to a woman. Manning’s lawyer says Manning suffers from gender dysphoria, which Manning hopes to address during her stay inside Fort Leavenworth prison.Meanwhile Ben Wizner, director of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy & Technology Project said of Manning’s conviction, “When a soldier who shared information with the press and public is punished far more harshly than others who tortured prisoners and killed civilians, something is seriously wrong with our justice system.” For more on this we are joined by Zack Ford. Zack Ford is the editor of ThinkProgress LGBT at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

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4 Responses to Our Transgender Community

  1. Thomas Attila Lewis (@tomdog) August 30, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Loved it – keep hammering on the fact that Manning faces decades in prison for revealing the crimes of murderers who won’t even spend a day in court. Also, I don’t think that there’s anything embarrassing about admitting to confusion over people’s gender identity and presentation. Ford presented at least 3 levels of identity, presentation, and attraction. Another question that could have been posed is _why_ Manning chose to reveal this information. If presentation and sexuality are things that should be respected due to privacy concerns, why she did it should be up for discussion.

    • David Feldman August 30, 2013 at 4:37 pm


  2. buck jones September 1, 2013 at 2:45 am

    David, I thought you handled this topic extremely well. As a gay man who has a very good transgendered friend, I had a lot of the same e questions that you had, and you asked them with the respect and trepidation that I think a lot of us have about this complex subject. As you and the other commenter have noted, the real issue in the whole Manning saga is the fact that she is not being feted as a hero for revealing the ugly truth about America’s war crimes in Iraq.


    • David Feldman September 1, 2013 at 12:34 pm



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