- President Obama granted clemency to Chelsea Manning, a transgender prisoner serving a 35-year prison sentence
- Mara Keisling: Obama should be a model for the incoming administration on how to protect transgender rights
Mara Keisling is the executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, the nation's leading social justice advocacy organization, winning life-saving change for transgender people. The views expressed in this commentary are her own.
(CNN)On Tuesday, days before leaving office, President Barack Obama granted clemency to 273 people. Among them was Chelsea Manning, a transgender woman whose life has been endangered by cruel and abusive conditions throughout her nearly seven years in a men's prison. She will now be released in May instead of serving out the rest of her original 35-year sentence, but she has already been incarcerated for longer than any other American ever charged with leaking information to the media.