The White House on Friday named Jeremy Bernard, who is openly gay, as Special Assistant to the President and Social Secretary, a job typically filled by a woman, ABC News reported.

“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,” President Obama said in a statement announcing the appointment.

“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.”

Bernard previously served as Senior Advisor to the Ambassador at the US Embassy in Paris and replaces Julianna Smoot.

He'll be responsible for planning official White House social events, including high-profile State Dinners that take months of planning.

As chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, Tina Tchen will work closely with Bernard to coordinate events.

“I look forward to working with Jeremy to continue the great work of the Social Office, from fun and educational student workshops to elegant State Dinners that welcome world leaders to the White House,” Tchen said in a statement. “Jeremy's creativity, perspective and skills will be a welcome addition to our East Wing team, as we showcase the White House and celebrate America's arts and culture.”