Sirens pierced the night sky as unrest erupted once again across our beloved city and across this country. I can feel the tension in the air as the stress wells up inside. I am incredibly sad at the senseless death of Mr. George Floyd. We profoundly grieve the loss of his life.

His cries for help — his voice — were not heard. Our country is heartbroken as the protesters struggle to make their voices heard.

We are dealing with two parallel crises convulsing this nation, a pandemic and police brutality, and something has to be done. We need to listen to the voices, and we need to find real and lasting solutions.

The cries for help are getting stronger and more united.

We also need true leadership; we need systemic change. As Rapper Killer Mike has said: “Now is the time to plot, plan, strategize, organize and mobilize. We have to be better.”

As the publisher of Dallas Voice, it is my job to make sure your voices are heard. This paper was founded to be a beacon of truth and a weapon for justice in the battle for LGBTQ civil rights. Today,

Dallas Voice stands in solidarity with our brothers and sisters fighting racism, hatred and violence targeting all people of color. We will continue to use our Voice to ensure justice for all, to make your voices heard.

I am sorry I don’t have the answers. I just know that your voices need to be heard, and everyone needs to be involved.

Fill out the 2020 U.S. Census, and register to vote. Do it today, and let your voice be heard at the ballot box.

We value communication and honesty, as millions of people take to the streets and raise their voices in response to the ongoing problem of unequal justice, let us hear from you.
Stay safe, and let your voice be heard.

Leo Cusimano is owner and publisher of Dallas Voice and Out North Texas.