Brenda Sue Fulton

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Brenda S. Fulton, right, addresses audience members as part of a panel with, from left, panel moderator U.S. Navy Capt. Jane Campbell, the director of press operations for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Public Affairs; Gordon O. Tanner, the principal deputy general counsel for the Air Force; and Marine Corps Capt. Matthew Phelps during a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month event in the auditorium at the Pentagon June 26, 2012. The panelists gave their perspectives on their lives and careers in the years before the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

Brenda S. "Sue" Fulton is a 1980 West Point graduate, part of the first class to admit women. She was commissioned in the Army, served as a platoon leader and company commander in Germany, and was honorably discharged at the rank of Captain. She was a founding board member of Knights Out, an organization of LGBT West Point graduates, and OutServe-SLDN, the association of actively-serving LGBT military members.

In 2011, President Obama appointed Fulton to the West Point Board of Visitors, which made her the first openly gay person to serve there.[1] She and Penny Gnesin were the first same-sex couple to marry at the Cadet Chapel at West Point (in 2012) and they currently live in Asbury Park, NJ. In 2015 Brenda Sue Fulton was named the first female chairperson of the Board of Visitors at West Point.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Brenda 'Sue' Fulton, Openly Gay Veteran, Named To West Point Advisory Board". The Huffington Post. July 6, 2011. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  2. ^ "West Point Board of Visitors gets an 1980 grad as leader". Washington Times. Retrieved 2015-03-30. 
  3. ^ "First female chair named of West Point's Board of Visitors - News - - Middletown, NY". 2015-03-26. Retrieved 2015-03-30.