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Leo Cusimano

New Orleans native, Leo he has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, and graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in Marketing. While attending SLU, he began a relationship with Tony Cuevas in 1981. The couple celebrates 36 years together on September 12, 2017 and was legally married in 2015. Leo started his career in the advertising agency business and many years ago migrated to the newspaper/media business.

Leo is the Publisher and Co-owner of Dallas Voice and OUT North Texas with Terry Thompson. Dallas Voice is the premier media source for the LGBT Texas. Leo has been at Dallas Voice for more than 24 years and speaks at LGBT National and Regional Marketing Symposiums. Leo is also the producer of The Wedding Party & EXPO, an annual LGBT wedding event. Dallas Voice also publishes the glossy LGBT Wedding Registry magazine annually.

In addition to his work, Leo participates in community organizations. As the one of the founders and first Board Chairman of the North Texas GLBT Chamber, Leo was honored as the Grand Marshal of the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade. Leo also works closely with the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, and has served on its Diversity Marketing Subcommittee. Leo has served on several community organization boards including: DGLA, Couples National Network, Dallas Pride Parade, DFW HRC Steering Committee, Couples Metro Dallas and more.

Leo and Tony have adopted two children through the Foster to Adoption program of Hope Cottage in 2008, a program supported by CPS. Their older child Elijah (17) has adopted a dog from SPCA 3 years ago. Elijah’s has a younger brother Jeff (12). Leo enjoys speaking at area universities, speaking to students and future school administrators on the diversity of families and LGBT adoptions. As the past Co-Chair of the HRC Family Project, Leo was able to help build support for the changing make-up of the LGBT community. Leo is also the director of the Family PRIDE Zone, an LGBT family area for Dallas pride weekend each September.