A protest is planned today in support of Bradley Manning, the openly gay Army private who is charged in a massive leak of U.S. secrets and who was reportedly wrongfully named a grand marshal for The City’s Pride parade in June.
The president of San Francisco Pride said Friday that Manning, who is accused of providing the WikiLeaks website with U.S. intelligence, will not be an honorary grand marshal after all.
Lisa Williams said in a statement that an employee of the organization had prematurely notified the imprisoned intelligence specialist that he had been selected for the distinction, which recognizes about a dozen celebrities, politicians and community organizations each year for their contributions to the LGBT community.
“That was an error, and that person has been disciplined. He does not now, nor did he at that time, speak for SF Pride,” Williams said.
A committee of former SF Pride grand marshals did select the 25-year-old Manning for the honor, but the Pride board decided his nomination would be a mistake, Williams said.
On Sunday, supporters of Manning announced that they would protest the decision outside the SF Pride office at 5 p.m. today.
Naming Manning as a grand marshal was destined to be a symbolic gesture. He is in custody at a military prison in Kansas while he awaits a court martial and would have been unable to attend the June 30 parade.