Chelsea Manning celebrates the first Pride as a free woman

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The trans whistleblower whose sentence was released by Barack Obama and who was officially free this May now marches at the New York City Pride. Manning was driven through the city’s streets in a red convertable sports car with other supporters. She was at the LGBT celebration to represent The American Civil Liberties Unions (ACLU), a non-profit advocacy group that represented Manning in court. Revellers around her held signs reading “resist” as the former prisoner waved and smiled at fans. Later she posted a grateful tweet:”honored to represent the @aclu at this years @NYCPrideMarch 🌈👭👫👬 lost my voice from screaming so much ❤️ thank you”

Manning was handed a 35-year jail sentence in 2013 for leaking 700,000 classified US army documents to WikiLeaks, but was released last month after President Barack Obama intervened to commute her sentence. Speaking to ABC News following the release, Manning said: “I used to get these horrible feelings like I just wanted to rip my body apart and I don’t want to have to go through that experience again.”

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