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August 23, 2013 at 6:35 AM
Clarification: Bradley Manning, transgender spy
[Clarification: Since posting this at 6:35 a.m., several readers have accused me of being a bigoted person, making fun of transgendered people. I did not intend that. I was not making fun of transgendered people as such. What struck me as humorous was that the government convicted Manning -- it won and Manning lost -- and the tables were turned on the government. And I referred to the line "provided by U.S. Army" because this is such a non-U.S.-Army kind of image.]
“Bradley Manning wants to live as a woman,” our story said. I burst out laughing.
What made the story was that photo of our private first class and convicted spy sporting lipstick, a woman’s wig and a facial expression of not-quite-sure. Funniest of all was the credit line: “PROVIDED BY U.S. ARMY.”
Now Manning wants the government to pay for conversion from M to F. The story quotes a Pentagon source saying that the United States Army does not provide sex-reassignment therapy. And the executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality says, “In the United States it is illegal to deny health care to prisoners.”
Guess who wins.