Chelsea Manning protests transgender military ban at White House
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Transgender rights activist Chelsea Manning on Thursday headed to the White House to join protests against President Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the military.

Manning shared a photo of herself in front of the White House, calling the president’s home “the new ground zero of the war on trans people.”


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The former soldier immediately condemned Trump’s ban on allowing transgender people serve in the military on Wednesday, posting on Twitter that the decision "sounds like cowardice.”

Manning was jailed in 2010 for espionage after leaking national security information to WikiLeaks, and revealed that she identifies as a woman in 2013.

She demanded and eventually received hormone replacement therapy while in prison, becoming a transgender rights activist.

Manning was released from prison earlier this year, after former President Obama commuted her original 35-year sentence in his last days in office. She was released after serving seven years in prison.