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04/19/2007


LGBT Stories: Bullying Affects Everyone

Jason Dinant TR

BY NATHAN MANSKE

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.

We met Jason in Las Vegas back in October, when the media was in full swing of focusing on gay bullying and suicides. We noticed a shift in stories people wanted to share, many talking about their own bullying and near-suicide experiences. Jason's story brings up an interesting point, that bullying doesn't only affect one group but that we're all in this together. Vegas was also the same place we filmed Ace's story, the Deaf gay man who stood up to his bullies with great success.

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Driftwood 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 FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

CHECK OUT OUR RECENT LGBT STORIES...
Accidental Online Chat Leads to 13 Years of Love [tr]
A Man's Journey Into - and Out of - 'Ex-Gay' Therapy[tr]
Gay Teen Saved by Lesbian Teacher, Outed, Excommunicated by Church [tr]
Boston College Professor Nearly Outed in Uganda, Comes Out in Ghana [tr]
Inclusion Activist Organizes Protest Against Kansas City Pride [tr]

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LGBT Stories: Accidental Online Chat Leads To 13 Years Of Love

John Buie TR

BY NATHAN MANSKE

Guestblogger

Before we even started the Story Tour, I received a donation along with a message from today's storyteller, John, insisting that we make a stop in Palm Springs. We were still in the planning stages of the Tour and John really wanted us to visit and collect some stories. We figured what the heck, if someone has a story to share, that's what we're here for so Palm Springs, here we come. After hearing John's sweet story, I'm sure glad we did.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Driftwood 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 FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

CHECK OUT OUR RECENT LGBT STORIES...
A Man's Journey Into - and Out of - 'Ex-Gay' Therapy[tr]
Gay Teen Saved by Lesbian Teacher, Outed, Excommunicated by Church [tr]
Boston College Professor Nearly Outed in Uganda, Comes Out in Ghana [tr]
Inclusion Activist Organizes Protest Against Kansas City Pride [tr]
Serbian Exchange Student Remembers Tough and Unwelcoming Life Back Home [tr]

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LGBT Stories: A Man's Journey Into--And Out Of--"Ex-Gay" Therapy

Luke Harlan 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. You can follow IFD on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Imfromdriftwood

Whenever I show ex-gay therapy stories or conversion therapy stories at presentations, it's almost guaranteed someone from the audience will ask, "That doesn't happen still today, does it? That story is from a long time ago?" Obviously the answer is, yes, it still happens today unfortunately.

Watch, and check out your invite to tomorrow's BBQ in NYC AFTER THE JUMP...

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LGBT Stories: Gay Teen Saved by Lesbian Teacher, Outed, and Ex-Communicated By Church

  Justin Wise TR

NATHAN MANSKE

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 I never sought out stereotypical stories, no matter where we were. In Laramie, I didn't seek out Mathew Shepard stories. In Salt Lake City, I didn't seek out Mormon stories. And in the Deep South, I didn't seek out religious stories. But every single time, the stories naturally found me. The further South we went, I noticed how much more important it became for people to find a balance between their relgion and sexuality rather than simply abandon their religion.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

SPECIAL NOTE: I'm From Driftwood is proud to announce our official 501(c)(3) non-profit status. To celebrate we're having a Rooftop BBQ Fundraiser in Lower Manhattan next Saturday, July 9. It's been great reading all your comments on the videos and I would love to meet all you Towleroaders in person. Details are on the invite below the video and you can RSVP here. Hope to see y'all there!

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LGBT Stories: Boston College Professor Nearly Outed In Uganda, Then Comes Out in Ghana

Ricco Siosoca TR

NATHAN MANSKE

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 We stayed with Ricco and his partner Guy during our stay in Boston. They were great hosts and I'm glad Ricco made it back from his trips to Uganda and Ghana safe and sound. I can only imagine how scary it would be to have been out for 20 years already then have to go back in the closet in fear for your life. Especially now that other people could slip up and out you.

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CHECK OUT OUR RECENT LGBT STORIES...
Inclusion Activist Organizes Protest Against Kansas City Pride [tr]
Serbian Exchange Student Remembers Tough and Unwelcoming Life Back Home [tr]
Dustin Lance Black Comes Out to College Roommate Using Bar of Soap [tr]
A Lesbian Finds Relief and Community in the 1970s [tr]
Gay Teen's Father Says Discussion with Bullies Put End to Harassment [tr]

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AIDS/LifeCycle Stories: Oldest LifeCycle Participant Inspired By Daughter's Early Work With HIV Patients

Suzanne

NATHAN MANSKE

Guestblogger The ImFromDriftwood.com crew is in California for the 10th annual AIDS/LifeCycle, a bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles raising money for HIV/AIDS. IFD founder Nathan Manske and guest videographer and editor Jesse James Rice will be sending us exclusive daily Video Stories from some of the 2350 riders who are embarking on the 7-day, 545 mile trek. You can also follow their daily adventures on Facebook and Twitter.

Driftwood For some reason I was adamant about finding the oldest LifeCycle particpant. I didn't know if that person was going to be a man, woman, Rider, Roadie, LGB or T, but I knew I wanted to get his or her story. After several days and some detective work I found out her name is Suzanne Jonson and she worked at Rest Stop 3. She had a sweet story about being a very proud mom of an early HIV hero and I'm glad I found her.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

PREVIOUS STORIES FROM OUR AIDS/Lifecycle SPECIAL...
HIV-Positive Mother Confronts and Battles AIDS Stigma That Killed Her Brother [tr]
Young Man Calls Mom At Rest Stop To Tell Her He's HIV-Positive [tr]
Ride Brings Actor Chad Allen and Father Closer Than Ever [tr]
From Mocking LGBT People to Cycling 545 Miles By Their Side [tr]
After Decades of Stigma, Man Feels Comfortable in Being Open About HIV Status [tr]
AIDS/Lifecycle 10 Ride Opening Ceremonies: Video [tr]

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