Stop calling her “Bradley Manning”
On Thursday, Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning, announced to NBC’s Today that she wanted to be referred to as female.
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.
Reuters, CBS, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and CNN seem to have heard only half of the statement. They all covered the event, but they missed the point.
Bradley Manning is now Chelsea Manning. She will be referred to as “she.” She made this clear.
This isn’t difficult.
Misgendering Manning is more than a newspaper style choice. It’s an unethical journalistic practice that silences the transgender community. Worse, it perpetuates a harmful cycle of violence by sending the message that it’s okay for others to dismiss and override individual gender expression.
Because this is a deliberate harmful choice being made by the media, and it needs to stop right now.