The First Openly Gay Army Secretary in U.S. History. In January of this year, Eric Fanning testified before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on his nomination to be the next secretary of the Army. Fanning has never served in the military, but the Army secretary is a. Gen. Taylor was the master of ceremonies for the Pentagon's 4th Gay Pride celebration that showcases a month of gay-themed posters and history. A panel discussion featured a gay Marine officer, a gay Army sergeant who is a criminal investigator, a lesbian chaplain and a transgender woman, Amanda.
However, an accepting policy toward gay and lesbian soldiers does not invariably guarantee that LGBT citizens are immune to discrimination in that particular society. Even in countries where LGBT persons are free to serve in the military, activists lament that there remains room for improvement. Israel, for example, a. What is it like to be a same-sex couple in the military? But there are some things that I've noticed during my time as an openly gay Marine Corps spouse and veteran. I am technically a military spouse, but do I still get the same benefits as non-same-sex couples?