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Army: Bradley Manning Must Petition Courts To Become Chelsea

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FORT MEADE, Md. - A spokesman for the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., says if Bradley Manning wants to go by the name Chelsea in prison, the soldier will have to have the change approved in court and then petition the Army to change its records.
Manning returned to Fort Leavenworth on Thursday to serve a 35-year sentence for leaking a mountain of classified military and diplomatic documents.

Earlier in the day, the former Army intelligence analyst announced a desire to be known as a woman from now on and to undergo hormone treatment. The Army says it does not provide such treatment or sex-reassignment surgery, but soldiers behind bars are given access to psychiatrists and other mental health professionals.    

Manning's gender-identity struggle played a role during his trial, with a picture of Manning in a blond wig and lipstick introduced as evidence. A Fort Leavenworth spokesman says Manning will not be allowed to wear a wig or bra, and must have hair cut to military standard while serving out the sentence.

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