The Story of Kevin J. Mossier
Kevin J. Mossier is often referred to as an entrepreneur and visionary. He was those things, but in another way, he always remained a small town boy from Grand Rapids, MN. He was proud of his achievements, but humility never left him.
After his time at the University of Minnesota, Kevin earned a well-deserved reputation operating one of the most innovate travel agencies in the country. Kevin was always a bit restless to move on to new adventures so after spending 15 years establishing his agency, in 1985 he created RSVP Vacations, the first openly LGBT travel business. Based on his own personal experience of facing discrimination while on vacation with his boyfriend, safety for gay travelers became an important issue for Kevin. By establishing RSVP, he provided a safe travel experience for literally thousands of LGBT people and their friends and families. It was another huge success.
Kevin was an activist by example and as Charlie Rounds, former RSVP Vacations president and friend of Kevin Mossier said, “He worked tirelessly for the rights of his community and always gave back both in life, with his businesses, and in death, with the foundation he established.” The Kevin J. Mossier Foundation operated from 1996 until 2014 and provided millions of dollars in grants to non-profit organizations. The Kevin J. Mossier Foundation was the first funder of marriage equality in Minnesota.
Kevin left us too soon at the age of 46 in 1996, but we will always be grateful for what he contributed to our community.
Economic empowerment is the best human rights approach.
Creating visibility for parts of the LGBT community that historically have not had it.
Communication among different generations of LGBT individuals is crucial to our success.
Minnesota non-profits, corporations, and institutions of higher education are our