LGBTQ community members listen up: Here’s an expo you might want to attend

(Southside Daily file photo/Courtesy of Pixabay)
(Southside Daily file photo/Courtesy of Pixabay)

Check this out: Those looking for a job, interns and volunteers will gather soon at Hampton Road’s first LGBTQ Consumer and Career Expo at Old Dominion University’s Ted Constant Center in Norfolk.

The event will be on March 28 – the expo was canceled back in September because of Hurricane Florence.

“This event is way overdue for Hampton Roads. Most metropolitan areas with large LGBTQ populations have been offering similar expos for years,” said Eric Hause, president of OutWire757 and expo producer. “This is our community’s opportunity to demonstrate that Hampton Roads’ businesses and organizations welcome LGBTQ consumers and employees.”

Part consumer expo and part career fair, the expo is open to all members of the LGBTQ and allied community who desire to do business, intern or volunteer  or seek employment with the region’s LGBTQ-friendly companies and organizations, organizers said.

More than 40 exhibitors ranging from large corporations to LGBTQ support groups to government agencies are on the roster. Many of the region’s LGBTQ service, support, and social organizations will also be present with membership, internship, and volunteer opportunities.

Presenting sponsors are Dominion Energy, Sentara Healthcare, and Norfolk Southern Corporation.

The expo is a joint production of Hampton Roads Business Outreach, Old Dominion University’s Career Development Services, Old Dominion University’s Safe Space Committee, and OutWire757.com.

The expo will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Big Blue Room at the Ted Constant Center. It is free and open to the public.

Registration and exhibitor information is available at www.OutWork757.com.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.