Bradley Becomes Chelsea

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In a brief hearing, a Kansas judge officially granted a request by Wikileaks whistleblower Bradley Edward Manning to change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning, a small vital change for which Manning had been "working for months... and waiting for years....because it’s a far better, richer, and more honest reflection of who I am and always have been." Though she has yet to receive requested transgender health care and remains in an all-male facility, Manning is "optimistic that things can - and certainly will - change for the better."

"Hopefully today's name change, while so meaningful to me personally, can also raise awareness of the fact that we trans* people exist everywhere in America today, and that we must jump through hurdles every day just for being who we are."

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