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LGBT Stories: Gay Wasilla Teen Met With Religious Fanatics At School, Supportive Family At Home

Lewis TR


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.

Driftwood In the opening shot of this video you'll see some mountains in the background as well as a frozen lake. That's the lake Sarah Palin's house overlooks, and the house is about 50 yards to our right. Like I mentioned in our last Wasilla story, I was hoping to find a balance to the conservative views people now had towards Wasilla and Alaska in general. Lewis talks about being confronted by religious youth praying for his soul at school, but the fact he can go home to a supportive family provides hope to LGBT youth that no matter where you are, there is support somewhere, someway, in your community. Bent Alaska is a great blog, resource and support group if you're LGBT in Alaska.


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  1. Nice kid.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | May 5, 2011 5:26:08 PM

  2. This kid is articulate, confident, handsome and has a kind nature..........
    Without being patronising, I think he will be fine and make another great gay father to some lucky children.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | May 5, 2011 6:12:08 PM

  3. I'm very impressed with this video, what a courageous young man! I can't imagine what it must have felt like to have teenagers praying for you.. At least he's confident enough in himself to realise the faslehoods they were preaching. a great example for other young gay men and women in the area. Well done!

    Posted by: rob | May 5, 2011 7:13:46 PM

  4. FCK H8 and the BIGOT PARTY

    Posted by: curtis | May 5, 2011 9:05:55 PM

  5. I find it amazing that any gay person or supporter could even look at any republicant candidate! It is so sad to see so many hateful people debate their hate like it is a prize to be shared!

    Posted by: billmiller | Nov 24, 2011 8:38:04 AM

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