This article from The Dartmouth says it all about why it gets better:
On Aug. 1, United States President Barack Obama nominated Eric Fanning ’90 to be the next undersecretary of the Air Force. If confirmed, Fanning will be the highest ranking openly gay member of the Department of Defense, which would be a “sign of progress” in the military’s tolerance of gay Americans, Ken Yalowitz, the former director of the Dickey Center for International Understanding, said.
Fanning is currently the deputy undersecretary of the Navy, and this new post would be a promotion from his current role.
His nomination comes one year after Obama repealed the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, a move that won him praise from liberals who had been intently anticipating his support for gay rights.
“This means not only more tolerance in the uniformed services, but in the policy direction at the Pentagon,” Yalowitz said.
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