Dennis Schleicher Chose a Path of Inspiration After Devastation
Adversity has the power to either silence someone and draw them away from others, or inspire them to go above and beyond their circumstances to become a light of hope and inspiration for many.
When he was 17 years old, Dennis Schleicher was brutally assaulted by a group of boys in a bathroom in his high school because of his sexuality. Shockingly, his high school brushed the incident under the rug and completely ignored his request for help.
When he tried to get help from the school’s office, they inexplicably told him, “If you would stop acting [Dennis was a commercial actor as a child] and would make out with girls in the hallway, we wouldn’t have this problem.” Rather than acknowledging victimhood, the school attempted argue that Dennis deserved to have been bullied and suspended him for five days.
Instead of shrinking away into a lifetime of despair, which could easily have been his reality, Dennis instead went the other way, and is now a passionate and captivating speaker and communicator who helps others find hope and inspiration in their daily lives. He’s an author, a lecturer, a speaker, and a truly kind man.
Having been featured on a variety of talk shows early in his adulthood, he’s a widely sought-after celebrity who has traveled extensively and shared stories about his conversion and faith in the face of adversity. He is writer, motivational speaker, and best-selling author of Is He Nuts?: Why a Gay Man Would Become a Member of the Church of Jesus Christ and Scripture Up! Affirmation Journal – Strengthening God’s Message – Old Testament and Pearl of Great Price. He’s the president and publicity director of the Connecticut Authors & Publishers Association. He currently serves as a literary agent, representing Christian authors.
“The kindest people I’ve known are those who have known pain, have known struggles, have known loss, and have gotten themselves away from the depths,” Dennis explains. After his assault, Dennis appeared on seven talk shows, including Larry King Live and Sally Jessy Raphael. He now serves as the Elders Quorum First Counselor, Ward Mission Leader, assisting Mission Presidents, leaders, Sisters, and Elders worldwide to understand better how to help the LGBTQ+ community.
With thousands of followers on social media, Dennis regularly shares videos and messages of inspiration, compassion, and hope, showcasing his kind personality and seasoned wisdom.