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LGBT Stories: Serbian Exchange Student Remembers Tough And Unwelcoming Life Back Home

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Guestblogger Nathan Manske and Marquise Lee embarked on a 4 month, 50 state tour of the United States collecting stories for their I'm From Driftwood site. We'll be sharing some of the stories they collected along with some of the insight into what they saw. They're still encouraging people to submit their written stories via IFD. You can follow IFD on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Driftwood Given all the news about homophobic protests and violence in Serbia, it wasn't surprising to hear a less-than-rosy story from a Serbian teen. What was nice, though, is hearing him talk about his near-perfect experience of being out and gay in a high school in the U.S. Even though we clearly still have a way to go, I couldn't help but take a step back after hearing Stefan's story and be proud of where we're headed in terms of societal acceptance and rights here in the U.S.


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  1. A very brave young man. Happy to hear that he's being treated well by people in Minnesota.

    Posted by: Patric | May 31, 2011 2:27:44 PM

  2. I hope it works out for him in the US. How very sad when parents can be so ignorant.

    Thank God for his friends, and the family he can create - not the ones he was born with.

    Posted by: Anon. | May 31, 2011 2:49:11 PM

  3. My heart goes out to him. I hope he can find a new life in the States.

    Posted by: Geoff | May 31, 2011 3:26:03 PM

  4. How did he get here?

    Brave boy.

    Posted by: Glenn I | May 31, 2011 8:17:53 PM

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