So this person wants to be a woman. Nope, no reason to believe that being gay isn't a mental disorder.
Perhaps s/he thinks that if s/he checks in to prison as "Chelsea Manning" they'll say, "Oops! Wrong person! Gotta release!" Interesting try....
The lawyer started pushing this, trying to make it so Manning could be sent to the womens prison.
I swear to god this kid is so fucked in the head, and he's getting egged on by the people who doesn't recognize his sickness for what he is. Exact same thing happened with a "transgendered" friend of mine. Did not at all get any of the support he needed, the wrong type of people pushing him into it, and he nearly killed himself in the process, while destroying every family relationship he had.
The people who push this shit are sick.
Don't get me wrong TRG, I acknowledge that transgendered folks do have issues, and sometimes the best resolution is a sex change, as hard as it is for us to reconcile with (and it's very hard for me to reconcile with), but you've got a transgender mafia out there who pushes people who have gender identity issues to embrace it and go full tilt into it. Don't wait and think about it, castrate yourself now. No, don't talk with your spouse about it, be who you are.
Those people are wrong. Such decisions are permanent, life long, and irrevocable. They should only be made after much consideration, discussion with your family, and yes, counseling.
Bradley Manning is not a person who has received the help and support that he needs for this decision, and despite the things he did, I do pity him for that.
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