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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Deaf gay man comes over and overcomes feelings of isolation

NATHAN MANSKE
I’m From Driftwood
| Saturday, April 4, 2015
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…

| Saturday, March 21, 2015
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 love.

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

NATHAN MANSKE
I’m From Driftwood
| Sunday, March 15, 2015
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’

NATHAN MANSKE
I’m From Driftwood
| Saturday, March 7, 2015
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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‘Tomboy’ Renee recalls shopping trip to ‘The Gap’ to fix gender

| Sunday, March 1, 2015
Renee Herndon
Renee was a "tomboy" as long as they can remember. As a teenager, Renee was part of an all-girls youth group, and was asked to represent the group at a pageant weekend. Part of that involved wearing a gown.

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Lesbian discovers the gender and racial divide in the LGBTQ community

| Saturday, February 21, 2015
Femi Redwood
Femi Redwood of Milton, Del., grew up in an environment that was accepting of both her sexuality and her race, despite the fact that she was one of the few minorities in town.

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Transgender man comes out to girlfriend: ‘I’m going to start transitioning now’

| Sunday, February 15, 2015
Mitch Kellaway
Like many couples, Mitch and Jocelyn met on an online dating site. There was only one difference: Mitch was still presenting as a lesbian, having buried his transgender identity when he was 17.

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A teen’s genderqueer expression leads to empowerment

| Sunday, February 15, 2015
Jacob Tobia
For some people, like Jacob Tobia, choosing between "male" and "female" is too restricting. Gender, as Jacob learned at a conference while in high school, should be more fun than that.

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‘This is my boyfriend’ – 5-year-old falls in love with Hercules

| Sunday, February 8, 2015
Alexander Zuccaro
Alexander first realized he was gay at 5 years old thanks to a Hercules pillow set, a secret comfort he could turn to when he couldn't explain himself to his friends at school. The pillow was his "boyfriend," he says, and made the perfect companion.

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Gay trio’s polyamorous relationship lasts four decades

| Sunday, February 1, 2015
Bob Lanning
The idea of a polyamorous relationship is probably shocking to a lot of people, but for Bob Lanning and his partner Don, who was often away for his job as an airline pilot, it was just the right thing to do.

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