I have a problem with this articulation by HRC. Of course Manning is not a proxy for ALL transgender people. But this statement is basically a way of throwing Manning under the bus in the interest of defending the “good name” of all other transgender people. The argument amounts to, “Not all transgender people are like Manning! Don’t let her unpatriotic, treasonous acts sully your opinion of other God-fearing, America-loving, transgender individuals who are nothing like her!”
In actual fact, we need MORE people — of all gender variants — to be like Chelsea Manning. To stand up and speak out when you see power being abused, war crimes being committed, and human life being devalued … even if it means confronting your very own government and military.
Human Rights Campaign Vice President and chief foundation officer Jeff Krehely said in a statement that “Manning’s transition deserves to be treated with dignity and respect,” adding that Americans should keep in mind that many transgender service members and veterans “serve and have served this nation with honor, distinction and great sacrifice. We must not forget or dishonor those individuals. Private Manning’s experience is not a proxy for any other transgender man or woman who wears the uniform of the United States.”