NGLCC Salutes the Confirmation of Eric Fanning as First Openly Gay Secretary of the Army

May 18, 2016
Washington, D.C. — The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the global business voice of the LGBT community, congratulates Eric Fanning on his historic confirmation as the first openly gay civilian secretary of the United States Army. 
“America can be proud that yet another glass ceiling has been shattered with the confirmation of Eric Fanning to the US Army,” says NGLCC co-founder and president, Justin Nelson. “The LGBT community, and the entire nation, will be served well by the leadership of Eric Fanning. We join with millions of LGBT & allied business owners who share our enthusiasm and are eager to work with Eric in creating new opportunities and partnerships that strengthen our communities.”
NGLCC echoes the praises from President Obama during his nomination announcement, “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. I look forward to working with Eric to keep our Army the very best in the world.” 
“The confirmation of Mr. Fanning is another major milestone in the Obama administration’s commitment to advancing the visibility and rights of the LGBT community, especially in the armed services,” says NGLCC co-founder and CEO Chance Mitchell. In addition to ending 18-year ban on gays serving openly in the military, the administration has ensured same-sex partner benefits and workplace protections to federal contractors throughout the service branches.
The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is the business voice of the LGBT community and is the largest global not-for-profit advocacy organization specifically dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people. NGLCC is the exclusive certification body for LGBT-owned businesses.
Jonathan D. Lovitz
VP of External Affairs
National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce® (NGLCC) | 1.954.695.5896
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