One week after the former Army intelligence analyst who was sentenced to 35 years in military prison for leaking classified government documents to the website WikiLeaks revealed she is a transgender woman, some key mainstream media companies have announced they will now refer to Chelsea Manning as female, reports Politico.
The Times’ senior editor for standards, Greg Brock, told Politico Monday, “Our deputy editor in charge of copy desks has sent out a message to let folks here know we will make the change.”
The Associated Press also announced it would follow suit in a memo sent to AP member editors and other subscribers. “The Associated Press will henceforth use Pvt. Chelsea E. Manning and female pronouns for the soldier formerly known as Bradley Manning, in accordance with her wishes to live as a woman,” reads the memo. “The use of the first name Chelsea and feminine pronouns in Manning’s case is in conformity with the transgender guidance in the AP Stylebook. The guidance calls for using the pronoun preferred by the individuals who have acquired the physical characteristics of the opposite sex or present themselves in a way that does not correspond with their sex at birth.”