THE release of WikiLeaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning will be celebrated this evening at an event to mark International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.
Ms Manning, who will complete her transition out of prison, was handed a 35-year sentence in 2013 after sending classified information on war crimes and corruption to WikiLeaks.
Over 100,000 people had signed a White House petition calling for transgender US army private Ms Manning to be released.
Former US president Barack Obama heeded the call and commuted her sentence to May 17 just before he left office in January this year.
Events to mark Ms Manning’s release will take place in at least 15 cities across the world including Berlin, Dublin and San Fransisco.
Campaign groups Queer Strike and Payday have called on supporters to gather at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London at 5.30pm this evening to celebrate “the ultimate victory of a seven-year campaign.”
Peace News will be holding a party from 7pm at Housmans bookshop in London.