The Human Rights Campaign, a large gay rights advocacy group, is urging respect for Manning's announced gender identity choice.
"Regardless of how she came to our attention, Pvt. Chelsea Manning's transition deserves to be treated with dignity and respect," said Jeff Krehely, the HRC's vice president and chief foundation officer, in a released statement. "As she requested in her letter, journalists and other officials should use her chosen name of Chelsea and refer to her with female pronouns. Using the name Bradley or male pronouns is nothing short of an insult. Media, having reported on her wishes, must respect them as is the standard followed by the AP Stylebook."
During his Thursday appearance on the "Today" show, Manning's defense attorney David Coombs said the famous leaker would fight for access to hormone therapy in prison. Coombs also expressed confidence that President Barack Obama would pardon his client. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Thursday that Manning's appeal for a pardon will be considered "like any other application."