Chelsea Manning Is On Instagram

Smash the follow button for her triumphant first selfie.

Okay, so here I am everyone!! 😜 . . #HelloWorld

A post shared by Chelsea E. Manning (@xychelsea87) on

As reported, Chelsea Manning was released from prison on May 17. Her 7 years behind bars were the longest time ever served by an American whistleblower, though her term was thankfully cut short of a planned 45 years after Obama commuted the rest of her sentence this past fall.

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Chelsea came out as a woman while incarcerated, and fought intensely against the prison system to be treated not just with dignity, but to not be openly abused. That made her a trans icon, but until now only a single photo of her with long hair and makeup has circulated, taken before she was arrested. The first selfie, probably more so than any selfie ever before, is a freaking triumph.

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Chelsea Manning Is On Instagram