There are legal methods of having one’s sex reassigned. Thus, until a court order is rendered, a “he” who identifies as a “she,” remains a legal he.
But in our post modern times, even that is seen as too limiting. We have a new law in California allowing boys who identify as girls to use girl’s bathrooms and locker rooms in public school (and visa-versa), based on their self-identity. Now, with Bradley Manning claiming to be Chelsea, Ryan Kearney goes into high dudgeon at the New Republic because the media didn’t instantly change their reporting. From, “He is Not Bradley Manning, She is Chelsea Manning: Deal With It:”
Even the Associated Press stylebook! All bow.
No. We need structure here and a proper legal process. Rule of law. Rule of law. Rule of law.
Until Bradley Manning is officially declared Chelsea by a court–with an amended birth certificate issued and a legal judgment of sex reassignment–he remains a legal male. That should be the standard, not a personal statement read on a television show or a change in appearance.