No, this is not the Onion:
“As I transition into this next phase of my life, 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.
Transsexualism is an extremely poorly understood and controversial condition—its cause, its meaning, its very reality, and most pointedly its proper treatment. I’m not going to go into all that in this post except to say I do not think it is a unitary phenomenon. I have come to the conclusion that some transsexualism has a biological etiology, and some a more purely psychological one (which can sometimes feature quite a bit of pathology and sometimes not), and some a mixture. We’ll leave it at that for now.
What interests me about this new Bradley/Chelsea Manning announcement is that he/she (never was the use of the double pronoun more apt) seems to want us to pay for it:
“I’m hoping that Fort Leavenworth would do the right thing and provide that. If Fort Leavenworth does not, then I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure that they are forced to do so,” Coombs [Mannings' lawyer] said.
Fort Leavenworth told Courthouse News on Tuesday that it does not provide sex-reassignment surgery or hormone therapy, but it does provide psychiatric care.
Methinks somehow that a lawsuit by Manning to compel more than psychiatric treatment is in the offing.
And I can’t resist pointing out that bad puns almost irresistibly present themselves. So please forgive me for asking why Manning does not go the distance, as it were, and request to change his/her last name, too?
ADDENDUM: I absolutely have to revisit this clip right about now (hat tip: American Digest):