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Manning regains honor as grand marshal in San Francisco Pride parade

Manning regains honor as grand marshal in San Francisco Pride parade

SAN FRANCISCO — An imprisoned U.S. Army private charged in a massive leak of U.S. secrets to the WikiLeaks website will serve as an honorary grand marshal in this year’s San Francisco Pride parade.

Chelsea Manning
Chelsea Manning

Parade organizer Gary Virginia said Friday that Chelsea Manning, who is transgender, was chosen to make amends for a controversy last year. Manning was named an honorary grand marshal ahead of the 2013 parade, but had the honor revoked.

Virginia apologized, saying that decision was mishandled.

The Chelsea Manning Support Network says Manning thanked Pride organizers for the honor from Fort Leavenworth military prison.

Stephen Peters, president of the American Military Partner Association — a group advocating for same-sex military families — says Manning’s actions don’t represent other LGBT people in uniform and that another choice would be more appropriate.

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