The news media wrestled with pronouns Thursday after Bradley Manning, the Army private convicted of leaking military secrets, declared that he is a woman and intends to seek hormone treatment to complete his gender transition.
The issue: Should Manning be referred to as a “he” in news accounts, or as “she,” as “Today” show host Savannah Guthrie did repeatedly in breaking the news via an interview with Manning’s attorney? Guthrie also referred to Manning as “he” in reference to events that occurred before lawyer David Coombs disclosed Manning’s plans.
News organizations immediately began grappling with the he-she issue.
He has a penis and testicles and he will be serving 35 years in a men’s prison after he served in the Army as a man, which he signed up for after growing up as a boy.
Are we clear?