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Eric Fanning first gay leader of a corps in the USA
(Blogmensgo, blog Gay of September 24, 2015) US President Barack Obama has proposed, 18 September 2015, the name of Eric K. Fanning as the new Secretary of the Army. This is the first time a gay assumed lead a corps in the United States.
Below, a brief Reuters report on Eric Fanning (click the CC button to display English subtitles):
Eric Fanning, 47, was previously Acting Deputy Secretary to the Army. This civil previously served, among other military posts, Deputy Secretary to the Air Force (USAF) and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (USN). Fanning is a very influential adviser to the State Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter, he was also the chief of staff.
This appointment, if confirmed by the Senate, will take place four years after the official abolition - it was September 20, 2011, cf. our product - from 1993 the law that prohibited anyone notoriously LGBT serve in the US military.
Fanning has never been subject to the provisions of this famous law Do not ask, do not tell (ask for nothing, say nothing) because he was never a professional soldier. One of his tasks will be precisely to promote the integration of gays and lesbians - as well as straight women - into the army, in accordance with the will of the head of state and his defense secretary.
Eric Fanning will print his "foot" by appointing generals and by arranging the texts governing the Army. However, his function is not a grade and therefore gives him no power to direct military exercises or operations.
LGBT organizations, particularly LGBT military, welcomed the appointment. This promotion was expected, the competence of Eric Fanning being unanimously recognized.
Note also that in the summer of 2015, and this is also a first, the white house recruited a trans person for a full time position.
This article has been translated from our French blog, to view the original click here.