LGBTQ+ Pride Month

Chelsea Manning Was All Smiles At Her First Pride Parade Since Being Released From Prison

"Lost my voice from screaming so much."

Chelsea Manning represented the ACLU at Sunday's Pride March in New York City — her first Pride event since being released from prison this May. As the pictures show, she was all smiles.

The former U.S. Army intelligence officer was sentenced to 35 years in prison for sharing classified documents with WikiLeaks in 2010. She only served seven years, as President Barack Obama commuted her sentence in January of this year.

According to CNN, Manning, who came out as transgender in 2013, could be seen waving to the crowd from a convertible, along with American Civil Liberties Union lawyer James Esseks and Gavin Grimm, the transgender teenager famously fighting for bathroom rights.


Manning tweeted that she was "honored" to represent the ACLU at this year's event, adding that she "lost my voice from screaming so much." (The ACLU represents Manning in her lawsuit against the U.S. government over conditions in prison.)

She also clarified the organization's tweet calling this her first Pride March, explaining that it's "just the first one since getting released."

Manning has been active on social media since her release, sharing photos and updates on Instagram and Twitter in her first days of freedom. The sight of her happily celebrating LGBTQ Pride is a welcome one for her many supporters.


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