I'm From Driftwood

The stories on I’m From Driftwood send a simple but powerful message to LGBTQIA+ people everywhere: You are not alone. I’m From Driftwood combats isolation and creates empathy to build a more understanding and accepting world. These are our stories, told in our own voices.

Latest Lesbian Stories

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Lesbian Creates a Committee of Friends to Help Her Find Love. “I Couldn’t Trust My Own Decisions.”

by Meredith Morningstar

Lesbian Creates a Committee of Friends to Help Her Find Love. “I Couldn’t Trust My Own Decisions.”

I’m Meredith Morningstar. I’m originally from Dallas, Texas.  My sister, in her eloquent way, diagnosed me with a broken picker. That means that I couldn’t pick ...

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From Dance Class to Bible Study to Basic Training, Queer Woman Finally Finds Her Identity.

by Staci Molinar

From Dance Class to Bible Study to Basic Training, Queer Woman Finally Finds Her Identity.

My name is Staci Molinar, and I’m from Chicago, Illinois. I grew up in an upper-middle class suburb that was very diverse, and very inclusive, and welcoming for all individuals. ...

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Fun Home Changes Course of Lesbian’s Life. “Representation Really Can Make or Break Someone’s Path.”

by Emily

Fun Home Changes Course of Lesbian’s Life. “Representation Really Can Make or Break Someone’s Path.”

Hi, my name is Emily. I’m from Queens, New York. So in 2015, I was in a class called the physics of technical theater. And in that class, one of the things we had to do was creat...

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“I Felt This Sense of Coming Home.” The Importance of Lesbian Bars Like Cubbyhole and Henrietta Hudson.

by Kinsey

“I Felt This Sense of Coming Home.” The Importance of Lesbian Bars Like Cubbyhole and Henrietta Hudson.

I’m Kinsey and I’m from Detroit, Michigan. Almost three years ago, I moved to New York from Detroit. I moved here for many reasons, one of them being, that I was looking for mo...

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Lesbian Mom Protects Her Kids From Their Homophobic Grandfather. “You Won’t Disrespect Them.”

by Chevon Cleveland

Lesbian Mom Protects Her Kids From Their Homophobic Grandfather. “You Won’t Disrespect Them.”

I am Chevon Cleveland and I am from Yonkers, New York. When I was 17 years old, my mom passed away. But my -, and I never knew my dad up until that point. In 2015, I was turning 35...

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Story Update: Wanda Martinez-Johncox on Accepting Herself, Forgiving Family, and Marrying J.Lo.

by Wanda Martinez-Johncox

Story Update: Wanda Martinez-Johncox on Accepting Herself, Forgiving Family, and Marrying J.Lo.

Nathan: Welcome to this week’s Story Update. Today, we’re going to be speaking with Wanda. Before we do, let’s take a look at her story. Wanda: My name is Wanda Martinez-Jo...

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Story Update: Crystal Cheatham on Faith and the LGBTQ+ Community. “I Found a Space for Myself Here.”

by Crystal Cheatham

Story Update: Crystal Cheatham on Faith and the LGBTQ+ Community. “I Found a Space for Myself Here.”

Nathan: Welcome to this week’s I’m From Driftwood Story Update. Today, we’re going to be speaking with Crystal Cheatham, whose story we filmed over five years ago. Before we...

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Story Update: Melissa Driscol on Confronting Bullies and the Politics of Cutting Ties.

by Melissa Driscol

Story Update: Melissa Driscol on Confronting Bullies and the Politics of Cutting Ties.

Nathan: Hello and welcome to this week’s Story Update for I’m From Driftwood. Today, we’re going to be speaking with Melissa Driscol, who shared her story with us about clos...

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Story Update: Ingrid Galvez Thorp on Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace. “We Are Stronger When We Work Together.”

by Ingrid Galvez-Thorp

Story Update: Ingrid Galvez Thorp on Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace. “We Are Stronger When We Work Together.”

Nathan: Welcome to this week’s Story Update. Today, we’re going to be speaking with Ingrid Galvez Thorp, whose story we filmed about four years ago. Before we talk to Ingrid, ...

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Story Update: Katie Hinchey-Wise On Love, Elections And Empowering LGBTQ Families & Caregivers.

by Katie Hinchey-Wise

Story Update: Katie Hinchey-Wise On Love, Elections And Empowering LGBTQ Families & Caregivers.

Nathan: Welcome to this week’s Story Update. Today, we’re going to be speaking with Katie Hinchey-Wise who we spoke with about four years ago. But before we do, let’s take a...

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Lauren Gulbrandsen On Activism In And Out Of The Streets.

by Lauren Gulbrandsen

Lauren Gulbrandsen On Activism In And Out Of The Streets.

Nathan: Welcome to this week’s Story Update. We’re going to be speaking with Lauren Gulbrandsen, but first we’re going to take a look at her story. Lauren: I’m Lauren Gul...

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Story Update: Ashley Jackson—“Life Is Short And We All Have Our Own Life To Live.”

by Ashley Jackson

Story Update: Ashley Jackson—“Life Is Short And We All Have Our Own Life To Live.”

Nathan:  Hello, I’m Nathan Manske. I’m the Founder and Executive Director of I’m From Driftwood. For this week’s Story Update, we’re going to hear from Ashley Jackson, w...

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