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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Chelsea Manning Named Marshal Of Gay Pride Parade

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted to a security vehicle outside a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, after a hearing in his court martial. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is pictured in Aug. 16, 2013, after a hearing in his court martial. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

For a second year in a row, Chelsea Manning has been named “honorary grand marshal” of the annual San Francisco gay pride celebration and parade, and once again it’s causing a stir.

Last year a military judge found Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, as she was then known, guilty of espionage for turning over top secret military documents to the anti-secrecy group Wikileaks. One month later, Manning announced she wanted to live as a woman named Chelsea.

Gary Virginia, the volunteer president of the board of San Francisco Pride, which organizes the parade, speaks to Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson about why they are honoring Manning.

Guest

  • Gary Virginia, volunteer president of the board of San Francisco Pride, which organizes the parade in late June.

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