James Lecesne is an author, producer, performer, Academy Award-winning writer, and founder of The Trevor Project. He wrote the short film Trevor, which won the 1995 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.
Lecesne created The Road Home: Stories of Children of War, which was presented at the International Peace Initiative at The Hague, and he is the author of three novels for young adults. He also was executive producer of After The Storm, a documentary film that tells the story of 12 young people living in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, as well as founder of The After The Storm Foundation, which offered support to arts organizations in post Katrina New Orleans.
A performer as well as a writer, James Lecesne has created several Off-Broadway shows, including The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, Word of Mouth, and One Man Band, and was ranked by the New York Times as “among the most talented solo performers of his (or any) generation.”
He is also cofounder of The Future Perfect Project, a nationwide program providing workshops to LGBTQ high school students and student allies and creating opportunities for young people to express themselves to their community.