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‘I want hormone therapy’

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manningIT HAS been claimed that National security leaker Chelsea Manning is not receiving medical treatment for her gender identity condition. 

David Coombs, Manning’s civilian lawyer, and the American Civil Liberties Union have informed the US Disciplinary Barracks in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and officials including Chuck Hagel, the defence secretary, that a lawsuit will be filed if it is not confirmed by September 4 that the army private will be provided with the treatment.

The army private from Haverfordwest, who changed her name from Bradley after her conviction, is serving a 35-year sentence at Fort Leavenworth for supplying the WikiLeaks website with classified documents. She feels like a woman in a man’s body, which is also known as gender dysphoria. She sought treatment and evaluation after being sent to Fort Leavenworth last September. She is asking for hormone therapy, and to be allowed to live as a woman.

The gender dysphoria diagnosis was confirmed by military doctors who recommended a treatment plan, but according to the ACLU, she has yet to receive any. Chase Strangio, the lawyer for the ACLU’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Project, said: “The continued failure to provide Ms Manning with this treatment is inconsistent with well-established medical protocols and basic constitutional principles”.

Mr Strangio accused the US Army of withholding treatment for political reasons, calling it a “cruel and unusual punishment”. Manning’s advocates say the lack of treatment puts her at risk for serious long-term psychological and physical harm. Former intelligence analyst Manning was sentenced last year for six Espionage Act violations and 14 other offences for providing WikiLeaks with more than 700,000 secret military and US State Department documents.

Manning’s request for treatment conflicts with a policy that bans transgender people from serving in the US military, and was also the first request made by a transgender military convict, but she cannot be discharged while serving her prison sentence. “Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope you will support me in this transition,” she said a year ago, after revealing her intent to live life as a woman.

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Milford Haven father of two sadly dies following medical emergency in Mount Estate

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A MAN was found unresponsive, and sadly later passed away in The Mount Estate, Milford Haven on Wednesday evening (Dec 9).

Police vehicles and an ambulance responded to a call coming from Chestnut Way just before midnight, but despite the excellent efforts of the paramedics attending, the man could not be revived.

The man who passed away has been named locally as Paddy McManamon, age 30, a well known local and a father of two young children.

A spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys Police confirmed to The Pembrokeshire Herald by way of an official statement: “At 11.45pm on Wednesday, 7 December, police were called to Chestnut Way, Mount state, Milford Haven, after a male was found unresponsive.

“The male sadly passed away.

“His death is not being treated as suspicious.”

Paddy McManamon’s cousin, Tara-Jade Riley paid tribute on social media saying: “We had some awful news our lovely cousin has passed away.

“You were such an amazing person but now you have gained your wings.

“So go and have a Guinness up there with our Nans and give them both a big hug from us all.

“Such a young man will be sadly missed by all of us – until we meet again, God bless you.”

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Christmas Gift Subscription wins £10,000!

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Carol Ormond with daughter Collette, granddaughter Ellie and great granddaughter Polly

THE PEMBROKESHIRE LOTTERY has awarded one lucky player a massive £10,000 in their Christmas Superdraw. 

The Superdraw was held on Wednesday, December 7 and the winner was Mrs Carol Ormond from Pembroke with lottery number 48095.

After Carol’s name was announced on 102.5 Radio Pembrokeshire, the team at the Pembrokeshire Lottery made contact with her and presented the winning cheque later that day. The win was made extra special as Mrs Ormond’s lottery membership was a Gift Subscription from her daughter last Christmas. Accompanying her were daughter Collette, granddaughter Ellie and great granddaughter Polly.

The normal weekly £2,000 draws now continue until the next monthly Superdraw for £4,000 on January 4. However, as the Lottery celebrates it’s 30 th Anniversary next year, there will be higher prize amounts than usual as the 3 x £8,000 draws in March, June and September will all be increased to £10,000!

Pembrokeshire Lottery Gift Subscriptions make ideal gifts for anyone and can be purchased for either 6 months or a full year. To order yours or to join up to play yourself, ring the Pembrokeshire Lottery on 01646 690800.

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Four rescued following early morning mayday call

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FOUR fishermen have been rescued in the early hours of this morning (December 7) after their vessel is said to have hit rocks near Skomer Island.

The Coastguard received a mayday call from the stricken vessel just before midnight, with lifeboat crews from Angle and St Davids sent to assist.

The crew abandoned the vessel and were located in a life raft nearby and were taken onboard the Angle lifeboat.

Milford Haven Coastguard have confirmed that no injuries have been reported and the crew were safely brought ashore at Milford Haven.

Arrangements are being made to recover the fishing vessel and to assess whether there is any pollution.

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