The White House announced today that Jeremy Bernard will be the next Social Secretary and Special Assistant to the President. Bernard is the first man to be named to this post.

Bernard is also openly gay.

According to a White House media release, Bernard currently serves as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Embassy in France.

“Jeremy shares our vision for the White House as the People’s House, one that celebrates our history and culture in dynamic and inclusive ways. We look forward to Jeremy continuing to showcase America’s arts and culture to our nation and the world through the many events at the White House,” President Obama said today via the press release.

Gay man joins White House staff as Social Secretary

“I am deeply humbled to join the White House staff as Social Secretary and support President Obama and the First Lady in this role,” Bernard said.  “I have long admired the arts and education programs that have become hallmarks of the Obama White House and I am eager to continue these efforts in the years ahead.”

According to the White House, Bernard has a long history of working with LGBT-rights organizations. He previously served as a board member of A.N.G.L.E. (Access Now for Gay & Lesbian Equality) and the National Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. He was also a member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s LGBT Advisory Committee, the Los Angeles Police LGBT Advisory Committee and the Los Angeles Mayor’s LGBT Advisory Committee.