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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How punk music and feminism changed a young life

Sunday, July 13, 2014
Rudy Garcia of East L.A. says that when he was young, he never quite felt like the "normal" kid. Although his migrant parents pressured the youngest of their eight children to be the embodiment of the American dream, Rudy was more interested in punk-rock music, feminism, and 'zine culture. "Everything that I was into was also very not received well by my family... [ Read more → ]

Mathew Shurka on his years in conversion therapy, and forgiving his father

Sunday, June 29, 2014
New Yorker Mathew Shurka came out at the age of 16 to his initially supportive father, who promised to love his son no matter what, and to always stay by his son's side. However, his father's thinking became more and more influenced by homophobia and harmful stereotypes surrounding the gay community. Thus began some of the most tumultuous ... [ Read more → ]

How one gay student stood up to his homophobic counselor

Sunday, June 22, 2014
If you were looking for an example of how to be a horrible college mental health counselor, look no further. Nephi Niven was physically ill and depressed from keeping his sexuality a secret and did what many young gay people do: He sought help. This is Nephi's true LGBTQ story... [ Read more → ]
John Russell Stanger

‘My religious identity is as important to me as my sexual identity’

Sunday, May 25, 2014
John Russell Stanger is the first openly gay Presbyterian minister ordained in Texas. And his path toward being ordained began very, well, gay... [ Read more → ]
Tyunique Nelson

‘I want people to know that there’s not one type of love…’

Sunday, May 25, 2014
Kids these days... Tyunique Nelson was struggling with parts of her life. Through her struggles she found some peace with Alex, a new person she met at school. [ Read more → ]

Lesbian rapper shares a tribute to her gay uncle

Sunday, May 11, 2014
What is it about gay uncles that makes them almost universally awesome? For Monique Contreras, front lead rapper for a duo called Icy Lytes, it was the fact that her gay uncle was someone she could confide in. [ Read more → ]

Coming Out in the Brazilian culture

Sunday, May 4, 2014
Culturally in Brazil, coming out as gay is "a shock." ... "I grew up hearing, 'Oh, I don't care about gay people, they're fine, but if my son was gay, it would be a different story.' So I always knew it was going to be a hard time to come out." [ Read more → ]

‘I think it’s really weird that some people don’t think that bisexuals exist’

Sunday, April 27, 2014
Rachel is bisexual, and for the first time, she was confronted with an issue that has plagued people like her for a long time: biphobia... [ Read more → ]

Gay teen uses Eagle Scout project to help the local LGBT community

Sunday, April 20, 2014
As a sophomore in high school, Eric Snyder was about to come out. But then he realized the Boy Scouts of America had a discriminatory policy against gay and bisexual scouts, forcing him to remain in the closet. Even though Eric couldn't be openly gay, he decided that his Eagle Scout project would be. [ Read more → ]

The path of acceptance vs. the path of rejection

Sunday, April 13, 2014
Eric Thomas and his friend Felix were both young gay men living in the Bronx. The difference that set their lives on different paths came from their homes and churches... [ Read more → ]
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