Bil Browning

Obama Appoints Gays to Prestigious Advisory Boards

Filed By Bil Browning | July 06, 2011 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: J William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, Obama Administration, openly gay appointees, Sue Fulton, Tom Healy, US Military Academy Board of Visitors, West Point

Congratulations to my friend and fellow activist Sue Fulton for being appointed to the US Military Academy Sue-Fulton.jpgBoard of Visitors. Sue is the Executive Director and co-founder of OutServe, the organization that thrust activist Dan Choi to the forefront of the battle to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell.

Sue served for five years in Germany as part of the Army Signal Corp. She commanded a Military Intelligence company and was honorably discharged from the Army at the rank of Captain. Sue graduated from West Point in 1980 as part of the first class to include women and is the first openly gay member of the advisory board.

"I'm proud to have the opportunity to support the cadets who will lead our Army in the coming years," Fulton said after her nomination. "And I'm pleased that the President is clearly setting the stage for a post-'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' military with appointments like this. It is my honor to continue to serve the Academy and the Army that I love."

In related news, President Obama also appointed openly gay author Tom Healy to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Healy, who opened one of the first contemporary art galleries in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, served on the White House Council on HIV/AIDS during President Clinton's administration.

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