Co-Founder StrHATE Talk Consulting; Former Neo-Nazi Skinhead; Diversity & Cultural Appreciation Advocate
How can a man who covered his body in Nazi symbols, advocated for the death of Jews, and recruited teenagers into the hate movement become one of the nation's most compelling advocates for the importance of diversity and cultural appreciation?
TJ Leyden along with his wife Julie founded StrHATE Talk Consulting in 2001. StrHATE Talk is an organization that combats hate, bigotry, intolerance and discrimination through education. One of the most challenging messages to give people in today's society is the message of tolerance and racial understanding.
From his unique perspective, Leyden, a former neo-Nazi skinhead, can take you on the tough but fulfilling journey from a world of hate into a world of hope. As a leading recruiter, organizer and propagandist for the white supremacist and neo-Nazi movement, Leyden spent 15 years promoting hate, bigotry and racism.
After turning his back completely on the white power movement, Leyden worked for 5 years with the Task Force Against Hate at the Simon Wiesenthal Center. He was the first skinhead to leave the racist movement and voluntarily give up information about the inside workings of the neo-Nazis and their recruitment methods. He is the leading authority on the neo-Nazi skinhead movement, with over 29 years of experience in this field.
Leyden was a featured speaker at the Clinton White House Conference on Hate in Washington D.C. and a major contributor to California Governor Gray Davis' Advisory Panel on Hate Groups. Leyden has trained members of the Pentagon, FBI, military, law enforcement (from 5 different Nations), educators, and over 850,000 students. He has also worked with the Department of Justice and other District Attorneys offices on hate crimes cases where all defendants have been found guilty.
Leyden has been seen on the History Channels Gangland Series Hate Nation and Basic Training, and was a Technical Adviser for the FX hit show Sons of Anarchy, season 2. He has worked with Dr. Phil as a subject matter expert and has been featured in Time Magazine and in over 1000 other publications.
In 2008, TJ Leyden helped co-author the book "Skinhead Confessions: from Hate to Hope," the autobiography of his life. In 2010, he started the non-profit Hate to Hope Inc. and the International White Gang Investigators Association (IWGIA).
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