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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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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Queer Latina connects with Prince and lives a life of sex positive activism

| Sunday, August 24, 2014
Elicia Gonzales
In her youth Elicia Gonzalez from Broomfield, Colo., experienced a shocking exposure to Prince that would become "very much so representative of what would happen with my sexuality later in life." As she became older and started to notice her sexual attraction to women, Elicia became confused: "I pretty much denied my sexuality until later college years, and then ...

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‘It Felt Amazing’ after Sikh man took off turban, cut hair, came out as gay

| Sunday, August 24, 2014
Mandeep Jangi
Mandeep Jangi of Middlesex, New Jersey, cites his Sikh faith as the "more visible aspect" of his identity. His decision to cut his hair (long hair is a traditional part of Sikh culture) was the first step to discovering his own individual identity. However, after his haircut, Mandeep could sense that something still wasn't exactly right. He felt a sense of uneasiness that he traced back...

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Participating in Dyke March as a child gives lesbian confidence later in life

| Sunday, August 10, 2014
Kayleigh-Anne-Salstrand
Do you remember your first Pride event? Kayleigh certainly does, along with the impact that participating in Dyke March with her family had on her life. Young Kayleigh took a trip to San Francisco with her extended family. Kayleigh describes this particular trip: "It happened to be Pride in San Francisco. We found ourselves in the route of Dyke March ...

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Brit beats back years of depression by finding gay friends and community

| Sunday, August 10, 2014
Tom-Wicker
What was your first impression of the gay community? For Tom Wicker of Lewes in East Sussex in the United Kingdom, it was illness, death, and filth. Tom recalls an advertisement he saw when he was just five years old: "It was of a stormy, volcanic landscape with lightning in the background and an enormous tombstone, which, I later learned, had the word "AIDS" ...

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