An upcoming documentary from director Elliot London explores the lives of a gay and a transgender teen living in Tennessee.

London said he felt the need to tell a story which would be important to troubled teens after hearing about the 2010 suicide of Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old college freshman who took his own life after being outed as gay on Twitter by his roommate.

“I did a lot of soul searching and wrote my darkest moments of being bullied before setting out on a road trip across the United States to really understand what our LGBT youth is facing in 2012,” London said. “I met some incredible people while on this journey. It was two of them that stood out most to me in helping write a treatment for FRIEND. I honor their struggles and courage in the two characters that will make this film.”

London, who is looking to raise $81,000 through a campaign at in the next 34 days to help finance his project, released a video profile of one of the teens on Monday.

In the six minute clip, we learn that 16-year-old Joseph considered suicide to escape his tormentors. He also says his role model is rocker Adam Lambert.

“My dream is to become a dad and a husband one of these days,” Joseph says in the clip. “I do feel like we are on like the verge of acceptance from everybody.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

(Source: FRIEND film campaign at