(March 2, 2016 – New York, NY)
When the Original LGBT Expo (http://thelgbtexpo.com
), the nation’s largest and longest-running LGBT convention, arrives at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City the weekend of March 12th and 13th, it will feature over 100,000 square feet of space dedicated to LGBT owned and operated businesses, as well as businesses catering to the LGBT community.
This 23rd edition of the country’s leading LGBT event will feature a diverse array of exhibitors from the worlds of business, education, politics, the arts, health, technology, media, travel, and non-profit sectors. The massive show floor spotlights over 300 participating companies, most falling within the event’s specialty pavilions. They include the Silvercar.com Travel Pavilion
, Wedding Pavilion
, Small Business Pavilion
, Non-Profit Pavilion
and the all-new Family Pavilion
. Created for attendees of all ages and types, this is a once a year event that should not be missed.
Event Director Jay Handy comments, “We’re really excited about the ever-growing list of exhibitors and sponsors we have participating this year. We launched #HireLGBT — our on-site job recruitment program sponsored by Foresters Financial. We have increased the caliber of entertainment on our stage, and speakers on our seminar schedule as well, so be sure to take a look at the updated schedule on our website (http://thelgbtexpo.com/schedule
). Additionally, our exhibitor meet-and-greet at Skyroom now includes some fun networking tools and giveaways and we’re happy to have the support of the NGLCCNY and the IGLTA, so across the board there is so much to look forward to.”
Leading the way in a diverse list of companies and sponsors who are showing their support for the LGBT community is financial planning expert Foresters Financial (http://forestersfinancial.com
“The LGBT Expo is one of those events that Foresters Financial participates in annually, and we have done so for the past 6 years,” said Manfred Louis Fields, Senior Financial Services Representative for Foresters Financial. “I enjoy being part of the LGBT community as a whole and the expo is just that. I strongly believe that it is a duty of mine to offer individuals in this community whatever I can, professionally and emotionally, and I have the support to do so. We provide financial solutions, guidance and tools, to meet our client’s needs across all life stages and it’s an important message we plan to convey.”
Additional top sponsors include MSC Cruises USA (http://msccruises.com
) who will be hosting a travel seminar on Sunday titled: Not Just Any Cruise, the WNBA’s New York Liberty (http://liberty.wnba.com
), Florida Keys and Key West (http://gaykeywestfl.com
), Tito’s Handmade Vodka (http://titosvodka.com
), and Strategies for Wealth (http://strategiesforwealth.com
), The Village Voice (http://villagevoice.com
), Gay City News (http://gaycitynews.com
), CBS Radio (http://fresh1027.cbslocal.com
), Metrosource (http://metrosource.com
), NYC Pride (http://nycpride.com
) and Next Magazine (http://nextmagazine.com
The Silvercar.com Travel Pavilion (http://thelgbtexpo.com/travel-pavilion
) features information from companies, and some of the hottest destination and travel companies in the world. Leading the way is Silvercar.com (http://silvercar.com
) — car rental the way it should be. The app and web-based concierge car rental service features a line of Audi A4’s at a dozen airports of the country’s top destinations. Featuring free Wi-Fi, GPS, satellite radio and other perks in their vehicles, Silvercar is unique and makes every customer feel like a VIP.
Also featured in the Silvercar.com Travel Pavilion are tourism companies from exotic and poignant destinations in the country and around the world, and travel companies such as the Aruba Tourism Authority, Johnny Appleseed Trail Association & Hampshire County RTC, Cove Haven Pocono’s Resort, AlandChuck.travel, Foxwoods Resort and Casino, the DoubleTree by Hilton Golf Resort Palm Springs, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Manhattan NYC - An Affinia Hotel, the Long Island and Metro North MTA Railroads, Ogunquit Chamber Of Commerce, Port-O-Call Hotel, Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board, Ski Vermont, Sundance Vacations, The Inn At Pocono Manor, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Vermont Gay Tourism, Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Visit Syracuse, and the Yonkers Commission on Human Rights. Media sponsors Connextions Magazine, the travel and lifestyle magazine for the LGBT traveler, as well as Gay Days, NYC Up & Out (the Big Apple’s LGBTQ Resource For Arts, Entertainment and Culture), and Where IN New York, will also provide valuable info on where to go and what to do with that much-needed leisure time.
The LGBT Expo’s Wedding Pavilion (http://thelgbtexpo.com/wedding-pavilion
) provides attendees ready to tie the knot indispensible resources for planning the big day. Whether it’s a traditional romantic wedding you’re searching for, or something off the beaten path that will make that special event even more special, exhibitors Donnie Brown, LGBTWeddings.com, Jennyvi Dizon Couture, Vandiver Tailors, Kirrin Finch, Balance Gift Goods, Lucky Strike Manhattan, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) events at NY’s zoos and aquariums, Albert W. Chianese and Associates, and more cover every aspect of weddings. If you’re seeking out information on All Faiths Ceremonies, venues, caterers, photo booths, honeymoons, hotels, wedding protection plans or attorneys to help set up the future, the LGBT Expo’s Wedding Pavilion will help you make that wonderful leap of love, seamless.
Another special area of the event is its Non-Profit Pavilion (http://thelgbtexpo.com/non-profit-pavilion
) featuring over two-dozen LGBT outreach organizations. Non-Profits represent the spirit of compassion and service that America is known for. The LGBT Expo Non-Profit Pavilion is one of the largest gathering places for LGBT non-profit organizations under one roof, and for over two decades The Original LGBT Expo has donated exhibit space, free tickets and promotion of community groups and organizations. Come join us and learn more about how you can get involved!
Visit the LGBT Expo’s Small-Business Pavilion (http://thelgbtexpo.com/small-business-pavilion
) to find out more about some unique and incredible companies and businesses catering the community. You might have been looking for something specific in your life, or didn’t know it, but we’re sure you’ll run across something that piques your interest.
Whether your family is currently growing or the consideration is there, the LGBT Expo’s brand new Family Pavilion (http://thelgbtexpo.com/family-pavilion
) has information on steps to take for adoption, surrogacy, as well as additional family services and entertainment for the young ones. There’s even a face painter so bring them along and make it a family outing. Children under the age of 12 are admitted to the convention for free.
Tickets are now available for both days of the Original LGBT Expo. Attendees have the option of two ticket levels — general admission and VIP admission. For a full description and breakdown of ticket types, and to purchase tickets, visit http://thelgbtexpo.com/tickets
, and for more information on the VIP Ticket Package, go to: http://thelgbtexpo.com/vip
For information on exhibiting or sponsoring, visit http://thelgbtexpo.com/exhibi
For all media inquiries, visit: http://thelgbtexpo.com/pres
The 23rd Original LGBT Expo takes place March 12th and 13th, 2016 at the world-famous Jacob Javits Convention Center, 655 W. 34th Street, New York, NY, 10001.