THE HONORABLE ERIC K. FANNING TO ACCEPT AWARD AT THE CAPITAL PRIDE HEROES GALA

The Paving the Way Award will be Presented on June 1

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)

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)

Washington, D.C., May 27, 2016 – The Capital Pride Alliance is proud to announce The Honorable Eric K. Fanning will accept The Paving the Way award at the Capital Pride Heroes Gala presented by Hilton, on June 1, at 7:00 PM, in the Carnegie Library, 801 K Street NW.

The Paving the Way award honors those in public life who have shown courage and leadership in helping to advance the cause of LGBT rights. Mr. Fanning was appointed 22nd Secretary of the Army, the largest service branch of the U.S. military, by President Obama on May 18, 2016.

Mr. Fanning joins eight other individuals being honored at the Heroes Gala, including: Bishop Allyson Abrams, Kathleen Matthews, Rayceen Pendarvis, and Peter Rosenstein, who will be honored as Capital Pride Heroes for their body of work that has had a positive, significant, and lasting impact on the LGBTA community; Julius Agers and Jeri Hughes, who will be honored as Engendered Spirits for their significant contributions to the transgender community; Chelsea Bland and Jeri Hughes, who will be honored with The Bill Miles Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service, acknowledging their exemplary contributions made to the annual Capital Pride celebration.

“The Capital Pride Alliance is grateful to all of the Capital Pride Heroes honorees, and their contributions to the advancement of rights for all Americans,” said Bernie Delia, President of the Board of Directors of the Capital. “We welcome the addition of the Honorable Eric Fanning for his groundbreaking military role, and we celebrate the advancement his recent appointment represents.”

The Heroes Gala is generously presented by Hilton, and hosted by the Historical Society of Washington, DC, on Wednesday. For more information on the Capital Pride Heroes Gala and The Paving the Way Award, please visit the Capital Pride Alliance website at www.capitalpride.org, or contact Peter Morgan at (202) 719-5304, Ext. 703.

 

ABOUT CAPITAL PRIDE ALLIANCE

The Capital Pride Alliance, located in Washington, DC, is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of the LGBTA community and allies through educational events, entertainment, community outreach, and celebrations of diversity, including the annual Pride Parade and Street Festival in our Nation’s Capital. The Capital Pride Alliance produces one of the largest Pride Celebrations in North America with more than 350,000 attendees in 2015. As the LGBTA Pride Celebration representing the Nation’s Capital, they strive to be a beacon of hope and solidarity for cities and communities around the country and the world. Facebook (facebook.com/CapitalPrideDC), Twitter (twitter.com/CapitalPrideDC), YouTube, and Instagram (instagram.com/CapitalPrideDC).