Capt. Hannah Winterbourne is being considered for a Millie, an award bestowed each year by U.K. paper The Sun.
His name means "dove" in Hebrew, but make no mistake: Lieutenant Shacher of the Israeli Defense Force is a warrior.
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.