This certainly is good news. From OutServe:
FIRST OPENLY GAY MEMBER OF WEST POINT BOARD OF VISITORS
President Obama Appoints Sue Fulton, West Point ’80, to Board
WASHINGTON, DC, July 5, 2011 – Sue Fulton, a founding Board Member of OutServe, the association of actively serving LGBT military personnel, was appointed today to the U.S. Military Academy Board of Visitors. Fulton, who graduated in 1980 with the first West Point class to include women, is the first openly gay member of the Academy’s Board.
“I’m proud to have the opportunity to support the cadets who will lead our Army in the coming years,” said Fulton, who served as an Army Captain and company commander after her 1980 graduation. “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.”
“Sue’s tireless work for repeal of DADT came from a heartfelt commitment to serving soldiers, and a belief that DADT was harmful to military readiness,” said said “JD Smith,” OutServe’s active-duty co-director, who is identified by a pseudonym while “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is still in effect. “She’s been a company commander; she knows cadets; and she loves West Point. This is a great day for the Academy.”
The USMA Board of Visitors, the oldest currently operating Board appointed by the President, is comprised of nine Congress members and six Presidential appointees. Its mission is to provide “independent advice and recommendations” on matters concerning the Academy to the President. Former Congressman Patrick Murphy, an outspoken straight advocate for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was recently appointed to the Board.
President Obama certainly is a study in sending mixed signals.