Last week, when Bradley Manning announced that from now on he wants to live life as a woman named Chelsea, news outlets continued to blunder the whole transgender pronoun issue. And while the Associated Press has made errors in the past when it comes to LGBT issues, it released new guidelines to their writers asking them to now refer to Chelsea Manning using the feminine pronoun. Check it out below:
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. Manning announced her wishes last Thursday after being sentenced to 35 years in Fort Leavenworth military prison and a dishonorable discharge from the U.S. Army for revealing U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks, the anti-establishment website. 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.