Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Senate confirms first openly gay head of a US military service

A GOP Senate has confirmed the nomination of the first openly gay head of a US uniformed military service, Eric Fanning.  NBC News has a story by Halimah Abdullah and Courtney Kube.

NBC mentioned that it was as recently as September 2011 that “don’t ask don’t tell” was officially repealed.  But that would not technically have prevented someone from having a civilian position (although there could have been a perception of “conflict of interest”).  Fanning will have to deal with the tricky issue now of transgender integration.
The New York Times has an editorial Sunday May 22 on the appointment ("An openly gay man runs the Army"). It notes the uneventful course of things post-repeal, vs. previous emotional bartering about maimed veterans -- and the less acrimonious atmosphere for transgender troops. 

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