The move comes after years of work by LGBT activists.
"We've grown stronger as a military, and as a nation," says Fanning, "as we've worked to be more inclusive, and open up opportuntities to those who previously didn't have them."
In addition to honoring nine LGBT artists for their contributions, the White House hosted two panel discussions and screened transgender-themed entertainment.
A new resource is available to transgender veterans in northeast Ohio: a first-of-its-kind clinic inside a Veterans Affairs hospital.
Veterans in Chicago are calling on the government to keep its promise to those who served, regardless of sexual orientation or discharge status.