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Obama Nominates Gay Man for Ambassadorship

Daniel Baer has been nominated by President Obama to become the ambassador of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE.), the Washington Blade reports:

BaerBaer, who is the current assistant secretary for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the U.S. State Department, would become the fourth openly LGBT person to serve as a U.S. ambassador. David Huebner has been the ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa since 2009. Michael Guest was the ambassador to Romania from 2001-2004 and James Hormel was the ambassador to Luxembourg from 1999-2001.

OSCE, which is based in Vienna, comprises 57 European, Asian and North American countries that cooperate on security, terrorism, economic and human rights issues. The organization formed in the 1970s during the Cold War.

Baer, who has been in his current position since Nov. 2009, was previously an assistant professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. He was a fellow Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics from 2007-2008 and worked at the Boston Consulting Group from 2004-2007.

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  1. Congratulations Mr. Baer!

    Posted by: ESA | Jun 11, 2013 9:27:50 AM

  2. Well done. All the best to this handsomen young man.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jun 11, 2013 10:38:06 AM

  3. here's to a successful term as ambassador, wish you all the best

    Posted by: northalabama | Jun 11, 2013 11:00:53 AM

  4. WOW! Mr Baer certainly has some outstanding credentials.

    Posted by: andrew | Jun 11, 2013 11:34:53 AM

  5. congrats to him
    meanwhile, still no gay cabinet member

    Posted by: keating | Jun 11, 2013 11:34:54 AM

  6. That's NOT Rick Santorum?

    Posted by: John M. | Jun 11, 2013 3:03:39 PM

  7. Obama keeps up the facade. With his access to secret info, he could probably find out this ambassador's "current position."

    Posted by: EB | Jun 11, 2013 7:19:31 PM

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