David Huebner will be sworn in today by Vice President Joe Biden at 3:45pm, EST in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building wing of the White House. He becomes the first politically appointed openly gay Senate-confirmed ambassador in US history.
Guests are requested to arrived at 3:00pm for security screening. Brian Bond is the contact person at the White House.
The event will be webcast live.
Following the swearing in, there will be a reception thrown by Huebner's law firm, Sheppard Mullin - Huebner has been the head of their China Practice - at the famous Hay Adams Hotel, which is directly across Lafayette Square from the White House.
This is both a celebration and a farewell party since Huebner must leave for Wellington first thing Saturday morning.
Marking the special occasion with Huebner will be his longtime partner Duane McWaine, his family and many friends, including many from his home in Los Angeles.
There is a long story about why I am not in attendance, as a reporter who has known and covered Huebner for almost two decades. But Kerry Eleveld from The Advocate and a reporter and photographer from the DC Agenda, dcagenda.com/ the newspaper that replaced the Washington Blade, will cover, as will a pool reporter. I have several friends attending, as well, and hope to have candid photos later.
Below is the official invitation - minus the State Department seal affixed to the invitation as sent out. However, this is the seal under which Huebner will now travel as Ambassador.
Requests the honor of your presence at
as Ambassador of the United States of America
to New Zealand and the Independent State of Samoa
on Friday, December 4, 2009 at four o' clock
South Court Auditorium,
The Eisenhower Executive Office Building
Pennsylvania Avenue and 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20501
Please arrive by 3:00 p.m. To access the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, please enter at the 17th Street and State Place Southwest Gate entrance (by the CorcoranArt Gallery). Government-issued photo identification will be required for admittance.
Please RSVP to Brian Bond via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, December 2 with your full name, date of birth, social security number, country of birth, and citizenship.
This invitation is non-transferrable.
This was cross-posted from LGBT POV.