Activists March for Bradley Manning at the 2011 San Francisco Pride Parade.
International human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell recently hailed Bradley a “gay hero” for his known commitment to equal human rights. Tatchell writes:
Bradley Manning is openly gay. He has participated in Pride marches and campaigned against the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” restrictions on gay military personnel. In 2008, he attended a rally in New York to oppose attempts to ban same-sex marriage in California. Manning is also a humanist and a man with a conscience. When he discovered human rights violations by the US armed forces and duplicity by the US government, he was shocked and distressed. He became disillusioned with his country’s foreign and military policy; believing it was betraying the US ideals of democracy and human rights.