Episode 080: I'm From Driftwood – Telling Your LGBTQ Story – Nathan Manske

080_ShowImage_NathanManskeToday we’re going to the roots. To where it all started. Could be to where you were born, or to that place you call home. Doesn’t really matter. What matters is grounding yourself. Learning to ground yourself in who you are regardless of where you live.

That can be a rather daunting task, especially when the prospects of being who you are can sometimes lead to unpleasant situations like being disowned, thrown out of your home, or causing you to lose friends or even jobs. Yet, the other side of the coin is the beauty of saying, “I’m me and I’m from…” wherever it is you hail from or like to call home.

Since March 2009, today’s guest has been curating stories of people from all over the world. Chronicling their lives in an open honest, and genuine look at what it’s like to be LGBTQ in the world.

 Show Highlights

  • Ever feel selfish for wanting more? Nathan did…
  • What can being gay teach you about your LGBTQ community?
  • The stories and histories of gay seniors matter
  • Why should you tell everyone what you want to do in this world?
  • Hear more about the movie that inspired Nathan to write his book and tell LGBTQ stories!

Connect With Nathan Manske

Nathan Manske was inspired to create I’m From Driftwood after seeing a photograph of Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay elected officials in the United States, riding on the hood of a car and holding a sign that read, “I’m From Woodmere, N.Y.” The sign showed just how far people came to attend the 1978 San Francisco Gay Pride march, but it meant something more to him: It meant that there are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people in every small town and every big city across America and the world. Nathan was thinking about that photo the morning after watching Milk, the biopic of Harvey Milk written by Dustin Lance Black. Harvey’s from Woodmere, New York; Nathan says “I’m from Driftwood, Texas”.

Since launching I’m From Driftwood in March, 2009, people all over the world have shared stories from their lives. The result is an open, honest, and genuine look into what it’s like to be LGBTQ throughout the world. The expanding, inclusive archive of stories not only preserves our history, but reminds people that they’re part of a larger community and never truly alone.


LGBTQ Story Archive on YouTube

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