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.

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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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From Anderson Cooper to Heartstopper, Gay Man Learns the Value of Living for Himself.

by Kevin Bentley

From Anderson Cooper to Heartstopper, Gay Man Learns the Value of Living for Himself.

My name is Kevin Bentley, and I’m from Baltimore, Maryland. When I was 17, my brother came out as bisexual. He put it out there and was just, “This is it. No room for discussio...

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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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Queer Woman Honors Friend’s Life By Coming Out And Living Fearlessly.

by Jina

Queer Woman Honors Friend’s Life By Coming Out And Living Fearlessly.

My name is Jina and I’m from Marietta, Georgia. When I was growing up in Marietta, which is this majority white conservative suburb of Atlanta, I was very much an outsider. I als...

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“If My Personality Is Multifaceted, Why Can’t My Experiences Be?” Queer South Asian Embraces How He Doesn’t Fit Perfectly Anywhere.

by Darshan Shah

“If My Personality Is Multifaceted, Why Can’t My Experiences Be?” Queer South Asian Embraces How He Doesn’t Fit Perfectly Anywhere.

Hi, I’m Darshan Shah. I’m from Lake Mary, Florida. It was my sophomore year at the University of Florida. New to coming out, just kind of came out to my closest group of friend...

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New Country, New Style, New Hair Brings Out the Swagger in Gender Nonconforming Woman.

by Vi Andrews

New Country, New Style, New Hair Brings Out the Swagger in Gender Nonconforming Woman.

My name is Vi Andrews and I’m from Miami, Florida. I’m living at my parents’ house at this time. It was at the midway point of COVID. It’s been about a year and a half, and...

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Gay Man Acknowledges Sexuality at High School Retreat, Then Comes Out To Mom. “I Will Not Allow Darkness To Creep Over My Life.”

by Trevor McCray

Gay Man Acknowledges Sexuality at High School Retreat, Then Comes Out To Mom. “I Will Not Allow Darkness To Creep Over My Life.”

I’m Trevor McCray and I’m from Baltimore, Maryland. In my family, there’s a rule – I don’t know about yours – but it’s an unspoken rule that family business stays wit...

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Non-Binary Person Inspired to Explore Gender Identity and Leave Toxic Ex During COVID Lockdown. “I Had Finally Chosen Myself.”

by Taylor Mckenzi

Non-Binary Person Inspired to Explore Gender Identity and Leave Toxic Ex During COVID Lockdown. “I Had Finally Chosen Myself.”

I’m Taylor McKenzi and I’m from Austin, Texas. When I was younger, I knew that I wasn’t like the other little girls around me. When we would play pretend I would often choose...

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Oscar-Winning Movie About Drag Queens Gives Teen Courage To “Live as Out Loud as I Possibly Could.”

by Wallace West

Oscar-Winning Movie About Drag Queens Gives Teen Courage To “Live as Out Loud as I Possibly Could.”

My name’s Wallace West and I’m from Houston, Texas. Coming of age in very conservative Texas, that’s still very conservative, I didn’t see much of myself in movies. I was e...

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Buffy and a Music Video Contributes to Trans Man Embracing His Identity. “You Deserve to Choose Yourself.”

by Bristtle

Buffy and a Music Video Contributes to Trans Man Embracing His Identity. “You Deserve to Choose Yourself.”

I’m Bristtle. I’m from Liberty, South Carolina. I remember I was 11 years old the first time I realized that I was queer. I was watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Willow and...

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College Student Finds His Queer Voice Studying Abroad in Rome. “It’s Been Incredibly Liberating.”

by Paolo Lee

College Student Finds His Queer Voice Studying Abroad in Rome. “It’s Been Incredibly Liberating.”

Hey, I’m Paolo Lee, and I am from Glendora, New Jersey.Hey, I’m Paolo Lee, and I am from Glendora, New Jersey. I’ve always been a musician. Music is in my family. I’ve been a singer-songwriter. I’ve learned how to play piano. B...

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