Odiase is one of two valedictorians at Fisk University, a historically black college in Nashville, Tennessee.
Through his lawyer, Bradley Manning released a statement this morning explaining his plans to live the remainder of his life as a female.
Referring to himself as “Chelsea,” Manning wants to “begin hormone therapy as soon as possible.”
The statement comes one day after the Army private was sentenced to 35 years in prison for sending classified military and diplomatic documents, as well as battlefield footage, to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.
Currently, Fort Leavenworth — the military prison where Manning will serve his sentence — does not provide hormone therapy treatment.
Lawyers had presented evidence of Manning’s struggle with gender identity during his trial.