Senators have confirmed the nomination of John Coppola, an openly gay candidate, to serve on the National Museum and Library Services Board.

In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the Senate confirmed Coppola to serve in President Barack Obama's administration for a term expiring in December 2013.

Coppola has consulted on strategic planing and professional training for museums throughout Latin America and the Middle East since 1996. He has organized and managed exhibits for the Museum of Latin American Art, Smithsonian Latino Center, National Museum of Women in the Arts at St. Thomas University, and Stonewall Library & Archives.

The Stonewall Library & Archives, located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is dedicated to documenting the cultural and social history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans with an emphasis on the southeastern United States. The museum's collection boasts more than 5,000 items.

Coppola worked on a permanent exhibit for the museum titled Days without Sunshine that focuses on the anti-gay crusade of Anita Bryant. Bryant, a former beauty queen, led a “Save our Children” crusade during the late 70s against gay rights in Florida. The campaign's theme and messages have since been recycled and adapted for use by social conservatives opposed to gay rights throughout the country.

The appointment is among a growing list of openly LGBT nominees to be confirmed by the Senate, including the judicial appointment of Marisa Demeo to the D.C. Superior Court and Laura Duffy as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of California in San Diego.

Coppola was nominated by Obama in January.

The Presidential Appointments Project, a community driven effort coordinated by the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, was responsible for bringing the three appointees to the attention of administration officials.

“John is one of a growing number of LGBT appointees to federal boards and commissions,” Denis Dison, a vice president at the Victory Fund, told On Top Magazine in an email. “The Presidential Appointments Project is seeking more LGBT applicants who, like John, are willing to serve on these important panels and help shape federal policy.”