With more than a few not-so-positive headlines related to LGBTQ issues in the news, it's important to point out the good news. The U.S. Senate on Tuesday evening confirmed Eric Fanning as the first out gay Army secretary.
That makes Fanning the first gay person to lead a military service. LGBTQ advocates heralded Fanning's confirmation as a welcomed sign of progress.
Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, called Fanning's confirmation "a demonstration of the continued progress towards fairness and equality in our nation's armed forces," in a statement released Tuesday.
Roberts, a Republican who opposed a policy that would relocate people detained in Guantanamo to U.S.
But Fanning's confirmation marks yet another successful effort by the Obama administration to elevate and expand gay and lesbian rights, both inside and outside of the military. Army secretary is a high-ranking position that works alongside the general, together running the largest military branch.
Fanning, 47, has been a defense and national
security specialist for over 25 years at the Pentagon. His new
role comes just a few years after Congress
The confirmation of Fanning follows the historic trend of the U.S. armed services often leading the way on social progress—