SAN DIEGO: Secretary Of The Army Eric Fanning To Serve As Pride Parade Honorary Grand Marshal

Another first! Via press release:

On the heels of his historic confirmation by the U.S. Senate as the 22nd Secretary of the U.S. Army, Eric Fanning will take the stage as keynote speaker at Friday’s rally and serve as one of San Diego Pride’s Hon. Grand Marshals for the parade on Saturday.

San Diego Pride made history in 2011 with over 200 active duty service members from every branch of the military marching before the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and again made history in 2012 when the Pentagon allowed active duty service members to wear their uniforms for the first time in any US Pride.

“From José Sarria, to Harvey Milk, to Eric Fanning, LGBT service members and Department of Defense civilians have been a crucial part of the fabric of our movement and this nation,” said Fernando Lopez, San Diego Pride Director of Operations. “San Diego has such a vibrant LGBT service member and veteran community, we know his presence is going to mean the world to so many. It is an incredible honor to host Secretary Fanning at San Diego Pride.”

“I am humbled to be the keynote speaker and an honorary Grand Marshal. As our community moves forward, we strive for full inclusion of all Americans who can do the job, and just want an opportunity to serve the Nation they love,” said Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning.

The Spirit of Stonewall Rally, will take place at the Pride Festival Mainstage at Marston Point in Balboa Park, Friday, July 15, at 6:00pm.

The parade kicks off on Saturday at 11AM in San Diego’s Hillcrest gayborhood.

  • frogview

    We ALL have to be a first. Hold Hands In Public!

  • Joseph Miceli

    Somebody needs to remake those “you’ve come a long way baby” Virginia slims adds, only with out the cigarettes and substitute drag queens.

  • oikos

    The sadz are forthcoming.

    • PickyPecker

      altho Friday sadz are my favorite flavor, I suppose I can splurge just this once. 😉

    • Joe in PA

      …and will be DELICIOUS!

      • oikos

        Is it too early to raise a glass? I just bought a nice IPA.

        • Brad Lathem

          Ugh I really don’t like IPAs but I’ll join you and drink something my picky tastes can handle. Red Stripe or Bourbon seem to be my choices without running to the store…

          • oikos

            IPAs are an acquired taste. I used to dislike them intensely but kept trying and now I love them. Bourbon is also an excellent choice. 🙂

          • Joe knows who I am.

            I’m reconnecting with Pils these days. Some of the craft brews are actually quite refreshing!

          • oikos

            We have quite a few local microbreweries in our area now and I am amazed at the quality and diversity of tastes they offer.

          • Joe knows who I am.

            I won’t drink a corporate brew anymore. They really are pretty dull and lifeless.

          • Joe in PA

            Who are you trying to kid? We all know…your favorite:


          • oikos

            Ewwwwww. Why don’t I just drink Brian Brown’s bathwater? I thought you loved me? 😉

          • Joe in PA

            Sorry sweetie, I couldn’t resist. When you say stuff like “a nice IPA, you were just begging for it. 🙂 Side note, I got introducedto Genny back in the 80s when I visited some friends in Tully (tiny farm town south of Syracuse). Of course I wasn’t old enough to drink. Ahem. 😉

          • oikos

            I know where it is, right off of 81.

          • My favorite was the Crescent City Brewhouse, back in the day. Their Black Forest Ale was like sling-sex in a pilsner mug.

          • Brad Lathem

            There is a local IPA around here called Sweetwater 420 that I find decent, but otherwise they’re just not my cup of tea.

            Bourbon & coke is my favorite drink

          • William

            If you get to the Ununited Kingdom, Punk IPA is very nice.

        • Are you awake enough to pour? Then the answer is “no.”

          • oikos

            Wide awake and should be working but……………………….

          • But you ARE working, dear… on that bottle! Here, my coffee mug’s empty, I’ll help!

          • Joe knows who I am.

            Spoken like a true Beaverhausen!

          • Shit… much as I love that wacky bitch, she’s got nothing on me. I’m the model they used for Patsy and Edina!

        • Joe in PA

          You’re asking ME if it’s too early? #hahahahaha 🙂

    • Robincho

      They’ll be tsurfing a tsunami of tsadz…

    • Frostbite

      And this is a problem..?

      • oikos

        Not by any standard.

  • Cuberly
  • greenmanTN

    Think any of this would have happened if Mitt Romney had won? Yeah, me neither.

    Which is why Trump CANNOT be allowed to win in November. I don’t care if the Democrats nominate Beelzebub, I’m still voting D.

    • Gustav2

      Now, now, the Democrats are not going to nominate Beelzebub. If you ask any Republican, we did that in the 1990’s and now it time for Mrs Beelzebub.

      • cleos_mom

        You must have been listening to that radio interview when a poor delicate blossom spoke in tragic tones about “living through the Clinton era.” Oh, the humanity……

    • CCleverly

      That’s my cue…

      • greenmanTN

        Sing it, Louise!

  • sdnative1958

    Yay for my home town, can’t wait!

    • William

      You better up your insurance.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    OT but two weeks away and the GOP is losing their shit. We will need a lot of popcorn for their convention.

    RNC Rules Fight Begins With Plan to Lock In Donald Trump

    • PickyPecker
    • I’ll wait for Samantha B to run an analysis of the highlights – that way I can laugh at her evisceration, instead of thinking I just walked into a remake of Children of the Corn.

      • Joe in PA

        Yikes, I just googled and watched the trailer…you are spot on.

      • Rebecca Gardner

        I don’t get it. I feel so dumb.

        • If you can find/rent a copy of the original, watch the “sermon” in the corn field…

          … you’ll understand completely.

    • greenmanTN

      HEE! They’re damned if they do and damned if they don’t. Get rid of Trump and his supporters will go nuts, keep him on and it’s going to be like the Hindenburg.

      Oh the yuuuugemanity!

      • Todd Allis

        Oh the yuuuuge manatee!

  • I hope Hillary keeps this boy in his post for another 8 years… and that he completely transforms the U.S. Army!

    • Cuberly

      Secular activist Victoria Gettman started an organization for humanists and atheists in the military. She’s pretty amazing.

      One of the things she’s said is the Army is the branch of service with the most evangelicals. Which surprised me. The other branches have had definite change away from religious influence. But it’s still a work in progress.

      If interested here’s an interview with Victoria.

      Ever since I learned about the more entrenched religious influence in the Army, it made the appointment of Fanning all the more impactful.

      • BlueberriesForMe

        I had always read/heard it was the Air Force. But then again, I think they are a much smaller group in size as compared to the Army.

    • coram nobis

      There’s always Secretary of Defense as a possibility.

      • We can work on that one later. Let the boy blaze a trail through the Army, first. Then we can push for SecDef.

        • coram nobis

          I meant, later on, once he has had some experience at this level.

  • Ninja0980

    Bring on the sadz!

    • William

      Screw the sadz, let’s party!

  • TJay229


    Me, waiting for the tears from the usual suspects

  • Bad Tom

    Congratulations, Secretary Fanning!!!
    Reading this, once again I tremble on the verge of tears.
    What a month of ups and downs.

  • billbear1961

    Let JUSTICE be DONE that the WORLD may FLOURISH!!

  • Mick

    San Diego Gay Pride Parade is on Saturday JULY 16, 2016!!!!

  • Richard

    I am proud to be an American, I am proud to be a United States Paratrooper, I am proud to have Mr. Fanning as our Secretary of the Army and I am proud of our President. Damn, it feels like the fourth of July right now!

  • Mike C

    Well this should be a fun day over at Free Republic. Let me grab some snacks….

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Popcorn for everyone……..the SADZ, they be comin’

  • Gianni

    Oh, wait ’till all the parade video’s hit the screening rooms of all the RWNJ Christian Family organizations. I can just hear the lamentations, the wailing, the prayers to be spared the destruction that God will now surely unload on the country. Gays leading our military!