Washington - Today the White House announced that Jeremy Bernard, an accomplished businessman, nonprofit and government executive, was appointed White House Social Secretary. Bernard will become the first man and the first openly gay person to hold this important post. Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese issued the following statement:
"Jeremy Bernard's appointment is historic. We celebrate his appointment not merely because of the ground that he is breaking but because we know that he will serve the President and First Lady exceptionally well. He is competent, gracious under pressure and has distinguished himself as a leader in a number of fields. The President and Mrs. Obama could not have selected a better candidate to ensure that all Americans are welcomed to the 'people's house.'"
"Anyone who knows Jeremy Bernard knows he will be a great addition to the White House," said Barry Karas, a friend of Bernard and a member of the HRC Board of Directors from Los Angeles. "Jeremy is a true joy to be around and work with. His appreciation of the arts and culture will make for grand events and his understanding of the important history of the White House and the Presidency will serve the American people well."
"Jeremy's warm personality and attention to detail will make families - both the First Family and the American family - feel at home," said Dana Perlman, a friend of Bernard and a member of the HRC Board of Directors.
The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
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