Chelsea Manning was released yesterday after a commutation by President Obama in the final months of his presidency. Manning, who has identified as female since childhood, was sentenced in 2013 after she leaked information to Wikileaks, including details about airstrikes that led to civilian casualties. After being sentenced, Manning requested that she be allowed to go through hormone replacement therapy while imprisoned.
Manning took to Instagram to share her first day of freedom, which included pizza and champagne.
But the first photo Manning uploaded to Instagram has now become a symbol of support.
During her very public transition, Manning became a symbol for many going through the same thing. And now, trans people and their supporters have been sharing photos of their own shoes, alongside the hashtag
#ChucksforChelsea to celebrate her release.
The movement appears to have been started by Magdalene Visaggio, an artist whose work focuses on “strong LGBT content and themes.”
Though Visaggio seems to have received some backlash from the movement.