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James Lecesne
Co Founder of The Trevor Project

James Lecesne has been telling stories for over thirty years. 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. 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 feature length documentary film about 12 young people living in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. An actor as well as a writer, James has appeared on Broadway, Off Broadway, TV, and film. His most recent solo show, The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, was awarded the Outer Critic Circle Award and The NYTimes praised him as "one of the most talented solo performers of his (or any) generation."