Obama: Two more ambassadors

President Obama on Friday (June 21) nominated two more openly gay men to serve as ambassadors.

As was speculated about for weeks in the press, the president nominated his former Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry to serve as ambassador to Australia, and Chicago gay businessman James “Wally” Brewster to serve as ambassador to the Dominican Republic.

The new nominations came just one week after the president named three other openly gay men to ambassadorial posts: James Costos to Spain, Rufus Gifford to Denmark, and Daniel Baer to serve as ambassador to the 57-nation security group that cooperates to address concerns over such matters as border security, human trafficking, and the illegal distribution of weapons.

Berry, 54, served as head of the agency that manages the federal government’s workforce, from the beginning of President Obama’s first term until the past April. He was considered the Obama administration’s highest-ranking openly gay appointee.

The formerly Dallas-based Brewster is currently the Senior Managing Partner for SB&K Global, a Chicago-based brand strategy consulting. He also serves as a National LGBT Co-Chair for the Democratic National Committee and is a member of the Human Rights Campaign Fund board.

The New York Times, last September, published data from internal documents from the Democratic National Committee and the Obama re-election campaign, that showed Costos and Brewster eached bundled $1.1 million for the campaign.

These latest three nominees bring to 275 the number of appointments President Obama has made of openly LGBT people to his administration.

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