Former Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning to Speak Out Against Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

Eric K. Fanning, the 22nd Secretary of the Army, poses for his official portrait in the Army portrait studio at the Pentagon in Arlington, VA, Nov. 2 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Monica King/Released)

The 22nd Secretary of the Army, Eric Fanning, will speak at the 6th Annual Human Rights Campaign (HRC) San Diego Gala Dinner this Saturday, August 12, 2017, at the Hotel Del Coronado. Secretary Fanning, who made history as the first openly gay leader of a U.S. military service, is expected to address President Trump’s reckless efforts to ban all transgender service members from the armed forces. HRC will also honor Secretary Fanning with the organization’s National Leadership Award.

22nd Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning
HRC President Chad Griffin
San Diego community LGBTQ leaders and allies

WHAT: 6th Annual Human Rights Campaign San Diego Gala Dinner

WHERE: Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118

WHEN: Saturday, August 12, 2017

On the morning of Wednesday, July 26, President Trump launched a dangerous and unpatriotic assault on service members by tweeting he plans to reinstate a ban on qualified transgender people serving in the military. His reprehensible action could result in the discharge of thousands of highly trained and talented transgender Americans currently serving our country at this critical time.

The HRC San Diego Gala Dinner brings together over 500 of southern California’s LGBTQ community members and their strongest allies and supporters. The annual event celebrates honors local leadership and raises crucial funds in the fight for LGBTQ equality.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.


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Originally from upstate New York, Dani Schwartz has lived in Coronado since 1996. She and her husband Harry are thrilled to call Coronado home and raise their two children here. In her free time enjoys reading, hitting the gym and walking her dog around the “island”.

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