Army: Bradley Manning must petition courts to become Chelsea

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — A spokesman for the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., says if Bradley Manning wants to go by the name Chelsea in prison, the soldier will have to have the change approved in court and then petition the Army to change its records.

Manning returned to Fort Leavenworth on Thursday to serve a 35-year sentence for leaking a mountain of classified military and diplomatic documents.

Earlier in the day, the former Army intelligence analyst announced a desire to be known as a woman from now on and to undergo hormone treatment. The Army says it does not provide such treatment or sex-reassignment surgery, but soldiers behind bars are given access to psychiatrists and other mental health professionals.

Manning’s gender-identity struggle played a role during his trial, with a picture of Manning in a blond wig and lipstick introduced as evidence.

A Fort Leavenworth spokesman says Manning will not be allowed to wear a wig or bra, and must have hair cut to military standard while serving out the sentence.

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200-w-36-(Sagar Meghani (SAH’-gur meh-GAH’-nee), AP correspondent, with former Army prosecutor Greg Rinckey and Mara Keisling, executive director, National Center for Transgender Equality)–Bradley Manning wants to live the rest of his life as a woman and get hormone treatments while in military prison, potentially setting up another legal battle. AP National Security Correspondent Sagar Meghani reports. (22 Aug 2013)

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189-a-07-(Mara Keisling (KEEZ’-lihng), executive director, National Center for Transgender Equality, in AP interview)-”sentenced to rape”-Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, says there are fears about how Bradley Manning will be treated in prison. (22 Aug 2013)

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188-a-14-(Mara Keisling (KEEZ’-lihng), executive director, National Center for Transgender Equality, in AP interview)-”science against them”-Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, says it’s not up to the Army to decide whether to provide hormone treatments. (22 Aug 2013)

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190-a-13-(Mara Keisling (KEEZ’-lihng), executive director, National Center for Transgender Equality, in AP interview)-”reasonable or not”-Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, says the Army should accommodate Bradley Manning’s request for hormone treatments. ((refers to Manning as ‘her,’ in deference to Manning’s own gender identification)) (22 Aug 2013)

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160-a-06-(Greg Rinckey, managing partner at Tully Rinckey and former Army prosecutor, in AP interview)-”incarcerated as a male”-Former Army prosecutor Greg Rinckey says the Pentagon is quite clear that it does not provide hormone therapy or sex-reassignment surgery for gender identity disorder. (22 Aug 2013)

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161-a-09-(Greg Rinckey, managing partner at Tully Rinckey and former Army prosecutor, in AP interview)-”an appellate court”-Former Army prosecutor Greg Rinckey says the military will have to consider whether to move Manning from military to civilian prison. (22 Aug 2013)

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162-a-12-(Greg Rinckey, managing partner at Tully Rinckey and former Army prosecutor, in AP interview)-”to be segregated”-Former Army prosecutor Greg Rinckey says if Manning is not transferred out of military prison, there could be some problems. (22 Aug 2013)

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APPHOTO NY111: In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Army, Pfc. Bradley Manning poses for a photo wearing a wig and lipstick. Manning plans to live as a woman named Chelsea and wants to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible, the soldier said Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, a day after he was sentenced to 35 years in prison for sending classified material to WikiLeaks. (AP Photo/U.S. Army, File) (14 Aug 2013)

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APPHOTO NY112: FILE – In this Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 file photo, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted to a security vehicle outside a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., after a hearing in his court martial. Manning plans to live as a woman named Chelsea and wants to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible, the soldier said Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, a day after he was sentenced to 35 years in prison for sending classified material to WikiLeaks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) (20 Aug 2013)

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