Dennis Schleicher’s life has been anything but easy. The growing realization that he was gay coupled with his parents’ use of religion to justify abuse and neglect led Dennis to have a very complicated relationship with love, God, and organized religion. After suffering a violent hate crime, forced institutionalization, and heartbreak after heartbreak, Dennis was desperate for love and acceptance-he just didn’t know where to find it.
After years of searching, Dennis unexpectedly discovered a new family in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Now secure in his relationship with the Church and with God, Dennis shares the story of how he, a gay man, found his home in the Church. Determined to be a survivor, not a victim, Dennis draws upon his life’s journey as a source of inspiration to help others in similar situations and to foster a better understanding of his many LGBT brothers and sisters in the world. Dennis now serves as a ward mission leader, assisting sisters and elders throughout New England.