The US Senate has approved the first openly gay official to serve as the US Secretary of the Army. 47-year-old, Eric Fanning was confirmed to be the head of the US Army Forces May 17, 2016.
Barack Obama appraised Eric Fanning:
“Eric brings many years of proven experience and exceptional leadership to this new role.
“I am grateful for his commitment to our men and women in uniform, and I am confident he will help lead America’s Soldiers with distinction.
It has been a long process to get here,” Fanning, said. “But it’s worth it. This is a tremendous honor for me.
“It’s a confusing process that makes you feel vulnerable and out there alone,” added Fanning. “So I thank all of you for all that you have done these many months to help me get confirmed.
“And Ben, your patience at home, because I know there were days that I probably was not the most pleasant person to be around.”
He also wrote on Twitter: “After a five month wait, I’ve had to make #LEMONADE. Now I’m ready to #slay. @Beyonce”.
— Duffel Blog (@DuffelBlog) May 20, 2016
“No hold here except for hand holding”
Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin marked the historical moment:
“Eric Fanning’s historic confirmation today as Secretary of the U.S. Army is a demonstration of the continued progress towards fairness and equality in our nation’s armed forces.
“Eric Fanning has spent his career serving this nation with tireless dedication, skill and ability, and as secretary he will bring that same commitment to the men and women of the U.S. Army.”