People Get Emotional Over Story Behind Chelsea Manning’s Twitter Name

People Get Emotional Over Story Behind Chelsea Manning’s Twitter Name

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Chelsea Manning, the controversial figure who leaked over 700,000 military intelligence reports and documents to WikiLeaks, was released from prison last month after serving 7 years of a 35-year prison sentence. While in prison, Manning came out as transgender and changed her name to Chelsea. Her sentence was commuted by then-President Barack Obama in January 2017. She is now the active Twitter user @XYChelsea.



On Tuesday, July 11th, someone disagreeing with Manning sent her this:



Manning unexpectedly replied that the picture in that article had special meaning to her:

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Her handle refers to her identity as a woman born with XY chromosomes: 

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