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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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 Dolls to Disney, Gay Artist Advises “Don’t Stop Your Children From Exploring Their Imagination.”

by Jozef Szekeres

From Dolls to Disney, Gay Artist Advises “Don’t Stop Your Children From Exploring Their Imagination.”

Hi there. My name is Jozef Szekeres and I’m from Sydney, Australia. As a boy, I knew that I was a little bit different from the other boys and girls. Well, actually, probably I w...

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The Legend of Hippie Hollow: Sheriff’s Offhand Remark Helps Cement Austin as a Naked Gay Destination.

by Dennis Paddie

The Legend of Hippie Hollow: Sheriff’s Offhand Remark Helps Cement Austin as a Naked Gay Destination.

Hello. My name is Dennis Paddie. I was born in a little hamlet in Arkansas called Sardis. I came to Austin in 1965 to train for the Peace Corps. And in the course of living here ov...

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After Gay Man Comes Out as HIV+, Parents Evolve From Ambivalence to Activism. “I Couldn’t Be More Proud of Them.”

by Bart Loeser

After Gay Man Comes Out as HIV+, Parents Evolve From Ambivalence to Activism. “I Couldn’t Be More Proud of Them.”

My name is Bart Loeser and I’m from Houston, Texas. So it was summer, early summer of 1986. And my best friend who was my roommate previously had just moved to San Francisco a co...

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Whoopi, The Prom Musical, & A Day With a Trans Trailblazer: How One Lifelong Activist Rediscovered the Meaning of Pride.

by Cathy Renna

Whoopi, The Prom Musical, & A Day With a Trans Trailblazer: How One Lifelong Activist Rediscovered the Meaning of Pride.

My name is Cathy Renna and I am from Queens, New York. I had the incredible privilege and exhausting responsibility of working with New York City Pride when we were the host city f...

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“He Lives with a Man. He’s Gay. You Get It?” Gay Man Describes Mother’s Journey to Acceptance.

by Jack Drescher

“He Lives with a Man. He’s Gay. You Get It?” Gay Man Describes Mother’s Journey to Acceptance.

I’m Jack Drescher. I’m from Brooklyn, New York. I originally came out to myself at the age of 21 in 1972. And as part of my coming out process, I gradually started telling peop...

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With the Flick of a Wrist, Trans Woman Turns a Corner in Her Transition and Decides to Come Out at Work.

by Jami Shofner

With the Flick of a Wrist, Trans Woman Turns a Corner in Her Transition and Decides to Come Out at Work.

My name is Jami Shofner and I’m from Houston. Twenty years ago, which was back in the mid-nineties somewhere, I was doing stand-up comedy as a woman, and I was in a drag show in ...

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God Compels Gay Christian to Accept Himself. “You’re Trying to Be Something You’re Not.”

by Rob Mundras

God Compels Gay Christian to Accept Himself. “You’re Trying to Be Something You’re Not.”

I’m Rob Mundras and I am from East Windsor, New Jersey. When I was in my early twenties, I was an employee at a fast food restaurant, which was called Gino’s. And me and this o...

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Trans Woman Comes Out To Colleagues, Who Welcome Her With Open Arms.

by Jessica Soukup

Trans Woman Comes Out To Colleagues, Who Welcome Her With Open Arms.

Hi, my name is Jessica Soukup. I’m from Austin, Texas. I currently work at Texas State University. I’ve been here now for 11 years. About five years ago, I came to a revelation...

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Story Update: Michael Anastasio on Grief, the Holidays, and the Healing Power of Laughter.

by Michael Anastasio

Story Update: Michael Anastasio on Grief, the Holidays, and the Healing Power of Laughter.

Nathan: Hello, welcome to this week’s Story Update. Today, we’re going to be speaking with Michael Anastasio who shared his story with us about four years ago. Before we speak...

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Story Update: Andy Miller Talks About Fatherhood, Adoption and Parenting in a Quarantine.

by Andy Miller

Story Update: Andy Miller Talks About Fatherhood, Adoption and Parenting in a Quarantine.

Nathan: Welcome to this week’s Story Update. Today, we’re going to be speaking with Andy Miller, who shared his story with us about five years ago. But before we chat with And...

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Story Update: Shellie and Randi “Transition is Such a Unique Experience for Each and Every Person That Goes Through It.”

by Shellie and Randi Ruge

Story Update: Shellie and Randi “Transition is Such a Unique Experience for Each and Every Person That Goes Through It.”

Nathan: Welcome to this week’s Story Update. This week, we’re actually going to be speaking with two storytellers who shared their story together with us 10 years ago, Shellie...

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