We’re very proud here at Brand g Vacations to become a founding partner of OutServe, the association of actively-serving LGBT military personnel, and to participate in its second annual International Leadership Conference October 25-28 at Shades of Green Walt Disney World Resort.
With more than 4,500 members and 45+ chapters worldwide, OutServe is the one of the largest LGBT employee resource groups in the world, working to support a professional network of LGBT military personnel and create an environment of respect in the military with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity.
This partnership means a lot to me personally because I know it would have made my father, a decorated World War Two pilot, very proud to see the progress that has been made for these dedicated service members.
I’m here at the conference at Shades of Green in Orlando, which is one of five vacation resorts operated by the U.S. Army. It’s so exciting to see the support being offered to OutServe’s members at this year’s event, which includes a job fair open to veterans and employers to address the ongoing employment crisis affecting veterans returning from service.
The Conference is welcoming currently serving LGBT and straight military members, veterans, spouses/partners, and allies to join workshops and meetings. Like the 2011 Conference, it will provide an international forum on creating an environment of respect in the military with regards to sexual orientation and gender identity, and provide the LGBT military community a venue for building professional networks, sharing best practices and formulating strategies that help build a stronger military community. OutServe’s International Leadership Conference is the only conference designed around and for LGBT members of the largest fighting force in the world.