Bradley Manning said in a statement on the "TODAY Show" (Aug. 22) he feels he is female, wants to live as a woman and change his name to Chelsea. Manning, an Army private, was given a 35-year prison sentence for leaking military classified documents via WikiLeaks.
A psychologist testified Manning had difficulty adjusting to the “hypermasculine environment of a combat zone.” Manning is seeking female hormone treatment but not gender reassignment surgery at this time.
In the event a person feels he/she does not associate with the assigned gender at birth, they are usually given the term Gender Identity Disorder (GID). An individual with GID will not identify as the birth gender and feel they are the opposite sex of the birth gender. Therefore, a male with GID may have a male body but feels he is female on the 'inside.' Their sense of self is heightened once they conform to the gender they identify as.
Individuals who change to the opposite sex given at birth are called 'transgender.' The change is not necessarily by reassignment surgery or hormone replacement but is when an individual lives as the opposite sex.
GID is no longer classified as a mental disorder as it was eliminated from the new DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual). To be labeled a mental disorder, the GID must be distressing to the individuals which is then called 'gender dysphoria.' This change allows for transgender individuals to receive specialized mental health treatments if needed.
Once in prison, a judge will determine if Manning is eligible to receive the female hormone treatments he is requesting.
Self Awareness articles from Fran
Behavior & Discipline articles from Fran
Relationship Counseling articles from Fran
Follow Fran on TWITTER!