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Gay Military Convention To Be Held On Disney World Property

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File photo of Walt Disney World. (credit: Ron Riccio/Disney Parks via Getty Images)

File photo of Walt Disney World. (credit: Ron Riccio/Disney Parks via Getty Images)

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A national convention of gay military personnel on active duty will be held at an Army-operated resort on Walt Disney World property next fall.

Convention organizers are announcing Thursday that the Army-operated resort, Shades of Green, will host hundreds of gay and lesbian sailors, soldiers, Marines and airmen for the second annual Outserve International Leadership Conference in October.

Shades of Green is located on Walt Disney World property near Orlando, but it is owned and operated by the Army.

Convention organizer Joshua Seefried says it’s a big step for the Army to allow the conference to be held at the resort, given that it will be just more than a year since end of the U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell policy.

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