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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Homophobic nurse tries to discourage birth mom from allowing gay couple to adopt child

Andy Miller and his partner were having a dream come true: They were about to be parents, and sooner than they realized. ...

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The importance of finding your tribe in the LGBT community

Robert Scott
Throughout Robert Scott's life, he had an alcoholic father, became overweight and addicted to drugs, and was affected by the AIDS crisis in San Francisco in the 1980s. Reflecting on his life, he realizes one thing: the importance of finding ...

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Agender person goes from being bullied to gracing the cover of French Vogue

"Love yourself." It seems like a simple-enough mantra, but for Andre J. it took a lot of learning experiences to understand its true power. ...

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Finding love on the subway: ‘Sometimes we only get one shot’

Simone Davis
We've all been there: You see someone cute on the bus or subway but don't know what to do or if you should chat them up. ...

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Activist remembers those he met on his 6,000-mile walk for equality

Alan Bounville
Back in 2011, Alan Bounville walked 6,000 miles to raise awareness for gender identity and sexual orientation equality. But what happened early on in his walk, at a small grocery store in a rural town, is what led him to ...

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The impact of meeting Harvey Milk: From marching in a protest to making history in the workforce

Ron Huberman
One person really can make a difference. For Ron Huberman, all it took to find himself on the path toward an accomplished life was meeting Harvey Milk. ...

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Deaf gay man comes over and overcomes feelings of isolation

Richard Mesich
What's it like to navigate the gay world when you're deaf? Richard Mesich shares his story, beginning with his coming-out experience. ...

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I told my boyfriend I love him. His response was…

Michael Coulter
When Michael Coulter left Flint, Mich., and went to college, he "met more gay people in one hour" than he had in his entire life. But there was one who caught his eye, and that boy would become his first ...

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Against a therapist’s advice, son comes out to devout Muslim father

Khalid el Khatib
"I went to a therapist just for one session. And he, knowing who my father was, sort of said without saying, 'If I were you, I wouldn't come out to your dad.'" ...

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‘Mom… I’m gay, I own a porn company, and I’m in a polyamorous relationship’

Benjamine Heath
Coming out once is hard enough. But for Benjamine Heath, he had to come out to his mother three times. ...

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