Nathan Manske

Nathan Manske

Nathan Manske is the founder and Executive Director of I’m From Driftwood, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which collects and shares lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer stories from all walks of life to help deepen our understanding of each other.

I’m From Driftwood stories have been adapted for the stage, in a self-published book and have been seen and heard in podcasts and live reading events around the country.

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Racism or just preference? ‘You’re really sweet, I’m just not into black guys’

| Sunday, January 4, 2015
Nelson Moses Lassiter
Nelson Moses Lassiter was excited about coming to terms with his sexuality. He imagined that, upon venturing out into the gay scene, he'd encounter a world more accepting than the one he was used to.

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A barbershop experience begins a new chapter in the life of a transgender man

| Saturday, December 20, 2014
Charlie Poulson
Following his transition, Charlie Poulson worried about "passing" as a man, and knew his concern would be put to the test in what is arguably a typical masculine setting: the barbershop.

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Aunt Marianne: When is it going to be okay to call you ‘Albert the Faggot’?

| Sunday, October 26, 2014
Albert Eisenberg
Overall, Albert Eisenberg had a pretty great coming out experience and was given lots of support by his family and friends. There were two experiences he had, though, that show that there's still a lot of progress that needs to happen in terms of LGBTQ acceptance and understanding.

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‘Surprise!’ Abby comes out to her 90-year-old grandfather

| Sunday, October 26, 2014
Abby Fink
Abby Fink has always been close to her 90-year-old grandpa. As she began to get older, he started to become a bit more inquisitive about her personal life, making it slightly uncomfortable, since she wasn't out to him.

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In this family of Seahawks fanatics, coming out must wait for the commercial

| Sunday, October 19, 2014
Robbie Macaraeg
"My mom's in her uniform -- her jersey, her Seahawks jersey -- screaming at the TV, 'Go, Hawks! No! No!' Just screaming. And I walk in just crying, and she just stops everything, literally goes into mama-bear mode and is like, 'What happened? Oh, my gosh! What's going on? Are you OK? Oh, my God!' Hugs me, hugs me, hugs me. And I'm like, 'Mom, I'm gay!' ...

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Gay law student puts reparative therapy counselor in his place

| Sunday, October 5, 2014
Scott Blair
You would think that after getting a phone call from Harvard Law's LGBT group encouraging their son to attend the prestigious university, Scott Blair's parents would be proud. Instead, they were devastated and joined an "ex-gay" counseling group in an effort to help turn their son straight. Scott agreed to meet with the counselor if his parents agreed to be more open-minded.

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Gay student learns a valuable lesson about bullying, being true to himself

| Sunday, September 28, 2014
Joseph Barden
By the time Joseph Barden began his freshman year in high school, he not only knew that he was gay, he also knew how to cover up that fact about himself. One day, while Joseph was sitting with a group of upper classmen girls he had recently befriended, an openly gay student came by. "David was very flamboyant to put it mildly," says Joseph....

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Blind, gay man realizes he’s not alone after first encounter with homophobia

| Sunday, September 21, 2014
George Ashiotis
George Ashiotis started going blind when he was 5 years old. When he was a teenager, he worked at Lighthouse as an assistant counselor, helping younger visually impaired teens. After helping his sister dye her hair black, he ended up going to work with black fingernails, leading to his first experience of homophobia...

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Cerebral palsy, wheelchair won’t stop Andrew from going to a gay club

| Sunday, September 7, 2014
Andrew Morrison-Gurza
When Andrew Morrison-Gurza, age 19 at the time, was preparing to go to a gay bar for the first time, he did what most young gay men do: He had a friend over, talked about what to wear, and put on some pre-party music. Andrew recalls: "We made a bunch of mix CDs with a bunch of early-2000s pop songs on it, like Christina Aguilera and all those things, and I just thought...

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James Clementi: A family tragedy leads to a life of compassion, activism

| Sunday, August 31, 2014
James Clementi
In 2010 Tyler Clementi took his own life after being publicly outed on the Internet by his college roommate. His oldest brother James, who is also gay, is now an activist hoping to shape a world that's more accepting and inclusive of LGBTQ people. James recounts how his own journey began when he was a child...

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