Leo Preziosi, Jr.
Founded on the East Coast by Leo Preziosi, Jr. Live Out Loud is a non-profit organization built on a singular premise --- to inspire Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender youth to live proud. The inspiration came from a Metro Source article titled, "The Gun in the Closet," which talked about two high school students who committed suicide because of societal bullying.
Knowing something had to be done, Preziosi dedicated himself to helping young adults connect to role models and leaders in the LGBT community. Many years later, Live Out Loud continues to bring innovative programming throughout the tri-state area, and to inspire and lead by example. Since its inception, Live Out Loud has had the opportunity to bring over 500 LGBT role models to NY tri-state area high schools and universities, involving renowned panelists from every walk of life.
From spiritual leaders to fashion designers to corporate powerhouse and grass-roots activists, Live Out Loud speakers have touched thousands of lives.
In his former incarnation, Leo Preziosi, Jr. was a fashion designer working for a number of apparel companies including Gloria Sachs and Banana Republic. In 1990, he began his volunteer work by aligning with DIFFA, the Design Industry Foundation for AIDS in event production. This led to an opportunity at Felissimo, a specialty lifestyle retailer, where he joined the marketing team collaborating with numerous organizations including the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, The United Nations, and The Rain Forest Foundation. Preziosi is a graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Textile Production Management and an A.A.S. in Fashion Design.