Wally Brewster The United States Senate has confirmed James “Wally” Brewster to serve as the country’s ambassador to the Dominican Republic.

The unanimous vote, which took place Thursday evening, makes Brewster the fifth openly LGBT ambassador confirmed this year after Daniel Baer (OSCE), John Berry (Australia), James Costos (Spain), and Rufus Gifford (Denmark).

“All of us at Victory are delighted by this news,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute. “Wally’s confirmation makes a powerful statement for the opportunity that LGBT Americans have to promote understanding and inspire respect on the world stage.”

Brewster is active in the LGBT community, serving as national LGBT co-chair of the Democratic National Committee and on the Human Rights Campaign fund board.