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Nick, a smiling Italian-american gay man sits for interview in polo shirt

by Nick

Gay Man Reunites with Estranged Father After Seven Years. “It Takes Time But You Gotta Work at It.”

Hi, my name is Nick from Toms River, New Jersey. I was in my mid 20s living in New York City. I met a guy, I went home with him. We had a really wonderful night. We decided that weShe looked at him and she said, “If you ever talk to my nephew like that again, I will kill you. You will be out of this house. That is it.” And literally my uncle just...

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Grey, a Black queer person sits for interview on blue and white couch. They are smiling and wearing a red collared shirt with white embroidery in the shape of feathers

by Grey

How a Crush Saved a Queer Person’s Life. “Falling in Love was the Catalyst for Accepting Who I Am.”

Hey, so my name is Grey. I grew up in Florida.  I grew up in a church and in a family that was very conservative Christianity wise. They’re also Caribbean. There’s alsSo that led me to finding community online, then finding community in person, and then coming to a place where I can accept and be proud of who I am. And that has brought me to whe...

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Justin, a gay Filipino man sits for interview in a kitchen. He is smiling with a blue tshirt and a microphone clipped to his collar.

by Justin Senense

After Coming Out to Filipino Immigrant Parents, Gay Man Learns to Stop Seeking Approval From Others.

I’m Justin Senense, and I’m from Abilene, Texas. I was raised under three pillars. I would say for a Filipino family, it was always food, then it was family, and then iI think in that moment with Elizabeth, the word anak shifted for me. I recognize I was always that son. And that being gay, loving a man, being something that my parents still had ...

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About I’m From Driftwood

Adding your story to the I’m From Driftwood archive adds one more tile to the vast mosaic that makes up the LGBTQIA+ community. Your story can save someone’s life by letting them know they aren’t alone, inspire others to live openly and honestly, or simply make someone smile. This is your chance to share your own experiences, in your own words, to a global audience.

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Are you in a Pride group at your school? Part of your company’s Diversity & Equity? Or are you a Family Counselor or Therapist with LGBTQIA+ clients? Learn how you can work with I’m From Driftwood and use our stories as tools.

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From number crunchers, to Diversity & Equity experts, to programming specialists, meet members of our staff and all-volunteer board who work tirelessly to keep I’m From Driftwood at its best.

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Watch Video Stories

Browse our archive of professionally-produced Video Stories featuring topics from love, coming out, and workplace discrimination, to gender identity, race, and activism. Transcripts included.

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Listen to the Podcast

Each episode of the IFD Podcast features audio from our stories plus conversations about the featured topic by our hosts Alex and Phil. You’ll also hear from special guests like drag queens, elected officials, and celebrities.

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Read Written Stories

User-submitted written stories by LGBTQIA+ people from the smallest towns to the biggest cities all around the world.

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Our Commitment To Story Equity

I’m From Driftwood believes that a queer and trans story archive should represent the entire spectrum of our community’s identities. In 2022, the I’m From Driftwood board of directors formally adopted a “Story Equity” policy to ensure we are amplifying the stories of groups that have been historically underrepresented in traditional media.

 

The IFD Story Equity policy is upheld by three pillars: Amplification, Accessibility, and Transparency.

1 Amplification:

We will amplify marginalized voices by ensuring that (1) the majority of our storytellers belong to the BIPOC community and (2) the majority of our storytellers belong to communities other than cisgender men.

Our stories will continue to feature diverse topics and themes, ranging from religion, mental health, and people with disabilities to immigration, love, and aging.

We will assign all our stories to sexual orientation and gender identity expressions (SOGIE) categories, allowing users to browse stories they more closely identify with and – in the process – feel less alone.

2 Accessibility:

We will work to make our organization accessible across the board by conducting routine web accessibility evaluations.

Every Video Story will feature options for captions, and we will provide image descriptions on all social media platforms.

A transcript will be available for every story on the website, allowing visitors to more easily translate the stories into any language, as well as making them available to users with limited Internet access or are living in places with YouTube bans.

3 Transparency:

Each year, I’m From Driftwood will publicly share the breakdown of our storyteller demographics, including race and gender, as well as a list of story topics so we, and the public, can see where we need to focus our efforts.

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