She was granted permission by a Kansas judge to change her name.
This is wonderful news. Being able to express her own identity is now a little easier thanks to this judge.
Today is an exciting day. A judge in the state of Kansas has officially ordered my name to be changed from “Bradley Edward Manning” to “Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.” I’ve been working for months for this change, and waiting for years.
It’s worth noting that in both mail and in-person, I’ve often been asked, “Why are you changing your name?” The answer couldn’t be simpler: because it’s a far better, richer, and more honest reflection of who I am and always have been –a woman named Chelsea.
But there is another question I’ve been asked nearly as much, “why are you making this request of the Leavenworth district court?” This is a more complicated question, but the short answer is simple: because I have to.
Despite her current living situation having the ability to know she can have her identity respected will go far in easing the dissonance that occurs when ones own self is denied expression.