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Via US News:

The convicted WikiLeaks source previously known as Pfc. Bradley Manning should “henceforth” be referred as Chelsea Manning with feminine pronouns, “in accordance with her wishes to live as a woman,” The Associated Press announced Monday evening.

“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,” according to an update sent to subscribers of the AP’s online style guide. The AP’s style rules are the default for many newsrooms.

The decision comes less than a week after Manning’s Aug. 22 gender identity announcement in a statement to NBC’s “Today” show. ” I want everyone to know the real me,” the statement said. “I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female.”

The initial AP story on Manning’s announcement used neither feminine or masculine pronouns in the body of the article and used “he” in the headline. The male pronoun has since been removed.

In its Monday guidance, the AP said its decision was made after “Manning’s statement was reiterated, with additional detail, in a blog posting and an interview with The Associated Press on Monday by defense attorney David E. Coombs.”

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