Monday, August 26, 2013

Not Happy

(take that one second poll, which should say "get her ears pierced"!)

I am not happy about Chelsea Manning.

I'm sure you know by now that, post-sentencing, Bradley Manning announced.  "I am female.  I am Chelsea Manning."

Ms. Manning will cause serious harm to transgender causes.  The ignorant are going to say "oh, 'she' acted irrationally by leaking documents.  This explains it." Or  'She' is just going for an insanity appeal now that he's been sentenced."  Or "'She' wants to run amok at a women's prison."

I'm very conflicted ~ I'd hate to see someone live an untruthful life because it makes our lives more complicated.  Maybe she could have found a more private way to come out, although considering her history (see: WikiLeaks) she doesn't seem to act very privately.  Even for a private.

I'm working on this.  I'm thinking about this.

In the meantime, if someone is NOT working on a song that starts "Woke up, I was Chelsea Manning..." I'll be shocked.  Capitol Steps?  Bob Rivers?  I think it's not Weird Al's kind of thing.

In one of the many articles about Ms. Manning I picked up the following gem:

The American Psychiatric Association — in its most recent edition of the guidebook the
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, used by psychiatrists and other mental health clinicians — revised “gender identity disorder” to “gender dysphoria.” The term is used to diagnose people whose gender at birth is contrary to the one they identify with. A psychologist who evaluated Manning in Iraq diagnosed him with a gender identity disorder in 2010.

Kim [
Grace Kim, a District-based psychologist], who has a number of transgender patients, said the change in terminology represents a shift away from gender issues being pathological and removed the connotation that the patient is “disordered.”

“Questioning your gender identity isn’t of itself a problem,” she said.

D.C.-based psychotherapist Mike Giordano agreed: “People need to understand that someone else’s gender identity and their expression is actually not up for debate, and people are who they are.”


  1. Meg -

    I disagree - Manning will cease to be a public figure now that she's in long term prison. They will remember her name in the back of their heads, but will forget her consciously. And they will forget her wish for GCS and her transgendered nature.


    We will be much more sensitive for a while. We will be concerned that jokes, negative feelings, etc. will be transferred from Manning to the rest of our community. We will be concerned that Manning set us back in our efforts to become part of the mainstream.

    Only time will tell....


  2. I took your poll and voted that you should get your ears pierced, but of course it's easy to say that for someone else.

  3. The irony is that Manning may very well be a real deal TS. Sadly, because he bought into the GLAAD mantra that "we are all the same". he is now stuck between a rock, (his/her true nature/gender), and a hard spot, the TG "community" who according to most leading TG activists like Autumn Sandeen, has been dissed.

  4. Regarding Chelsea Manning.

    I have no choice, Stana at Femulate has no choice, and you too have no choice, if we are to be 'true to our selves and our destiny'.

    And so it is with Manning. Not all our trans role models will be Andrej Pejic and Ru Paul. It we are to be accepted as real people. we will have to include real people, with real foibles, flaws and blemishes. And it makes a change from public perceptions of 'Slaughter of the Lambs" stereotypes!


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