The Future Perfect Project
 

– What we do –

[ Making it Better

for queer, trans and allied Youth ]

 

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THE FUTURE PERFECT PROJECT believes that the self-expression of LGBTQ+ and allied youth is a declaration of a better future for us all.  We work with a wide spectrum of teenaged youth from around the United States, providing them with a safe space, guidance to create performative art and opportunities to express their their vision of the future. When possible, we facilitate a live performance for a larger community audience in an effort to help at-risk youth become more safe, seen and celebrated. 

James Lecesne & Ryan Amador.

 

                                            How it Started –

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Since 1998 when I founded The Trevor Project (the only national 24/7 suicide prevention and crisis intervention lifeline for LGBT and Questioning youth), I’ve been fortunate to be on the front lines as several generations of young people came of age. Often the kids I spoke with were in crisis, but regardless of their current circumstances or frame of mind, it’s been clear to me that their greatest struggle has been navigating between the rules of the world, which they’ve been forced to accept, and the world they envision for us all. I’m aware that young people still have plenty to figure out, but I also know firsthand that they have much to offer. This current generation of queer teenagers seems especially equipped to deal with the challenges ahead and they have a lot to teach us about what it means to be fully human – if only we would listen.This past year, Ryan Amador and I have been traveling the country, offering storytelling and songwriting workshops to GSA’s (Gay/Straight Alliances), LGBTQ Youth Centers and Performing Arts high schools. These visits have been illuminating and the results of the workshops have been nothing short of astounding. It seems the world is never quite ready to know what a younger generation sees or feels, but nothing changes until that generation ages up and starts to make it happen. We are convinced that there is a need to create safe spaces for these young people within our communities so they can begin to express themselves, places where they can feel not only safe, but also seen and celebrated. The Future Perfect Project is providing this new next generation of LGBT and Questioning young people not only with those spaces, but also with the tools to tell us what they know, what they feel and what they see – a future in which every person is perfectly and fully themselves.

—James Lecesne, co-founder,
The Future Perfect Project

– Who We Are –

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JAMES LECESNE wrote the short film TREVOR, which won an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short and inspired the founding of The Trevor Project, the only nationwide 24-hour suicide prevention and crisis intervention Lifeline for LGBT and Questioning youth. He has written three novels for young adults, and created The Letter Q, a collection of letters by Queer writers written to their younger selves. Lecesne was the executive producer of After The Storm, a documentary film that tells the story of 12 young people living in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He has created several solo shows, including “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey” and has been ranked by the NYTimes as “among the most talented solo performers of his (or any) generation.” jameslecesne.com

RYAN AMADOR is a singer, songwriter, and theatermaker with two full length albums and five EP's of original music. he is best known for his queer-related music videos "Define Me" and "Spectrum", as well as his hit song "Instead" with over 3 million listens on Spotify. Most recently, Ryan directed premieres of live theatrical work in Cincinnati and New Orleans, and is currently in development on several music and theater projects. ryanamador.com


What our partners have to say:

”The work that The Future Perfect Project does with LGBTQ+ youth is amazing.  Within 45 minutes the youth had written lyrics about their own life experiences and collaborated to weave the lyrics together into song.   Ryan and James' caring spirit and great facilitation skills allow so much creativity to flow around tough, personal topics."

Chris Paulsen, CEO Indiana Youth Group pronouns-she/her/hers

“When James Lecesne and Ryan Amador brought The Future Perfect to Watkinson School, they shared with us their professional artistry, expert group facilitation, and open hearts. They took time to meet each student, look them in the eye, speak their name, and form a connection that encouraged honesty and trust. Teenagers desperately need adults who see and accept them for who they are. With Ryan and James, the students were able to experience an environment at school in which they could be their most undefended selves, some for the first time. 

Miranda Volpe, Director, Creative Arts Program Watkinson School

The Future Perfect Project creates a safe space where students are encouraged to be unapologetically themselves. Through conversation, written expression, and song, they celebrate the uniqueness in students and assure them they are not alone. For many, this is often the first time they have been able to speak their preferred name and pronouns aloud. This is often the first time they have met other students or adults who accept them just as they are. And this is often the first time they have really ever had hope for their futures.”

Andrea Caspari (English teacher & GSA moderator) Winnetonka High School, Kansas City, MO

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