The United States Senate today confirmed John Berry as the next Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Berry was nominated by President Barack Obama on March 4, 2009, to serve as the Administration's chief advisor on human resources issues for the nation's 1.9 million Federal employees.
Among his primary responsibilities will be improving Federal recruitment strategies and expediting the hiring process for men and women with a rich mix of talents who wish to serve America through the civil service. The Smithsonian Zoo director, Berry has lived his life as an openly gay man.
"I look forward to getting to work with the great men and women at OPM and to advancing the President's goal of ensuring that our country's best and brightest continue to be drawn into the service of our country," said Berry."
Anytime a gay man can openly serve our country because of his talents we are all enhanced and embraced. The measure of a man, Martin Luther King, pointed out, is not the color of his skin, but the content of his character. So too the measure of gay men is not recorded by who he sleeps with. It is measured by what he does for his community. John Berry's appointment sends that message to America. And the US Senate's willing confirmation is a reaffirmation that homosexuality is no longer an impediment to professional achievement.