That checks off a federal military academy box in the New York — which as a state just made same sex marriage legal.
But a second recent appointment at a major American university in a much less gay-tolerant climate just occurred in Virginia.
Announced on July 1st, the well-known DC lobbyist and Democratic gay political poobah Jeffrey Trammell was ‘unanimously’ elected the new Rector of the College of William & Mary. The Rector serves as chair of the College’s Board of Visitors. Trammell is the 79th Rector at William & Mary, which was founded in 1693 and is America’s second oldest college.
There is a lot of resistance still throughout the country in crunching down the discriminatory laws that inhibit the normalization of gays into regular life — but the appointments of Fulton and Trammell move this forward a couple of key notches.
Congrats to both and all of us.
(This post originally ran at The Atlantic Voices page for The Washington Note)