Chelsea Manning attends her first post-prison Pride parade


Former U.S. soldier Chelsea Manning took part in her first Pride since being released from prison in May.

Manning on Sunday rode on the American Civil Liberties Union float in New York City alongside Gavin Grimm, a transgender teen who sued his school for not allowing him to use the boys’ restroom. The ACLU shared a photo of Manning on Twitter standing on a float behind a rainbow-colored heart.

In 2013 Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison after leaking more than 700,000 classified and unclassified documents to WikiLeaks. She served only seven years when former President Barack Obama decided to commute her sentence in January.

Manning shared her own photo on Twitter, saying that she lost her voice “from screaming so much.” People across Twitter sent her love to mark the occasion.

This was not Manning’s first Pride, but it was her first as a free woman—it likely won’t be her last.

Sarah Jasmine Montgomery

Sarah Jasmine Montgomery

Sarah Jasmine Montgomery is a Daily Dot contributor whose writing and criticism cover all things pop culture, with an emphasis on how communities of color impact physical and digital cultural spaces. Her writing and photography have also appeared in Texas Monthly, the Fader, Complex, and Billboard.