Future is a genderqueer Black Lives Matter Toronto leader. After Patrisse stopped seeing JT, Future became Patrisse’s romantic partner. Given their geographic distance, Future and Patrisse developed a deep friendship virtually for a year and met in person for the first time during the summer of 2015, when Patrisse was leading the #SayHerName campaign in the wake of Sandra Bland’s death. Their attraction to each other was immediately apparent, and when JT emotionally withdrew after Patrisse told him she was pregnant, Future stepped in to become her primary partner. They fell deeply in love, connecting over their shared commitment to the BLM movement. Future also experienced a tough childhood: they separated from their siblings and went into the foster care system due to their mother’s mental illness. Patrisse and Future got engaged when Patrisse was five months pregnant and visiting Future in Toronto. After some challenges with Future’s immigration status, they got married in LA when Patrisse was nine months pregnant and moved in together in West Hollywood. Future was present with Patrisse through health complications during her pregnancy and through Shine’s birth, showing Patrisse that it was possible to trust again.
Future Character Timeline in When They Call You a Terrorist
The timeline below shows where the character Future appears in When They Call You a Terrorist. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 15: Black Futures
Chapter 16: When They Call You a Terrorist
...fight for basic rights. In Canada, they’ve just elected Justin Trudeau—Trump’s polar opposite—and Patrisse and Future almost consider moving to Toronto. Meanwhile, Trump immediately starts talking about how he will end... (full context)
...by Gabriel, she also has fun—roller-skating, hosting park days, and more. She spends time with Future and with Shine, a child who teaches her that so much is possible. If Shine—or... (full context)