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Here's What Chelsea Manning Looks Like Now That She's Out Of Prison


Chelsea Manning was released on Wednesday, following a commutation of her sentence by President Barack Obama, one of his final acts before leaving office.  

Chelsea Manning is famous for being a whistleblower to some questionable crimes commited by the United States government and reporting them to Wikileaks. She's been serving time in prison for the incident for 5 years. Many have said she didn't deserve it because she just shed light on injustices but others have claimed Manning got off easy. It seems to have come to an end, though. Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison in 2013 for leaking government documents to Wikileaks. 

At the time, it was considered an unusually long sentence, and many thought Manning was being used as a scapegoat. While in prison, Manning was frequently kept in solitary confinement and repeatedly went on hunger strikes to protest her treatment. 

In particular, she was protesting the military's refusal to provide her with hormone treatment. Manning is a trans woman, though that was not widely known during her trial. Few have ever seen Manning presenting in her gender orientation, until now. Following her release, she presented people with a slow burn reveal on Instagram, starting with just shoes taking some hesitant steps into the world, inspiring trans women everywhere to show their own Chucks in support:

First steps of freedom!! 😄 . . #chelseaisfree

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