18 Mar The character will come out in tonight's episode as she tries to devise a way to help persecuted LGBTQ citizens flee from their own countries. 2 Jun "I feel a responsibility as secretary of the Army, not just because of the historical nature of the appointment because I'm gay," Fanning said. "And I take that responsibility very seriously. I grew up in a military family. I have two uncles that went to West Point. And it was absolutely something that I considered. 18 May The First Openly Gay Army Secretary in U.S. History. The U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Eric Fanning to the top job. Eric Fanning takes his seat to testify before a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing on his nomination to be Army secretary on January 21, Kevin Lamarque.