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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Trans Non-Binary Person Discovers Himself During the Pandemic. “I Feel Super Great to Have Dared.”

by Rio

Trans Non-Binary Person Discovers Himself During the Pandemic. “I Feel Super Great to Have Dared.”

Mi nombre es Río y soy de Sonora, México. En el 2015 estaba en un proyecto que se llamaba “Voces de mujeres, historias que transforman”, donde éramos un grupo de compañeras...

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Gay Man Reconciles Faith and Sexuality After Profanity-Laden Defense of Mother at Church.

by Danny Lopez

Gay Man Reconciles Faith and Sexuality After Profanity-Laden Defense of Mother at Church.

Hi, I’m Danny Lopez. I am from Austin, Texas. Thirteen, 14 years ago, I started dating this guy. Everything was going good and well. Unfortunately, he was outed. In a way I was h...

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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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Trans Activist Fights Back Against Police Harassment and Winds Up Changing the System. “I Really Found My Voice.”

by Deja Alvarez

Trans Activist Fights Back Against Police Harassment and Winds Up Changing the System. “I Really Found My Voice.”

My name is Deja Lynn Alvarez. I’m from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In my early twenties being a trans woman here in Philadelphia, it was actually my birthday and a group of my fr...

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How a Culturally Competent Healthcare Provider Changed the Life of a Trans Woman Living With HIV.

by Ella Jasso

How a Culturally Competent Healthcare Provider Changed the Life of a Trans Woman Living With HIV.

My name is Ella Josefine Jasso. I am from Mexico, Zacatecas, Zacatecas. So it’s 2016 and I’m on my way to go get tested for a general testing, HIV, STIs. So I go up to the clin...

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Bisexual Man Breaks Free of Parents’ Expectations: “It’s Important to Remain True to Yourself.”

by Gabe Lopez

Bisexual Man Breaks Free of Parents’ Expectations: “It’s Important to Remain True to Yourself.”

Hi, my name is Gabe Lopez and I’m from Los Angeles, California. I grew up in a pretty traditional Catholic family, and I remember as a kid, when my mom would go shopping for me, ...

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Using Art to Change Minds: “I Realized How Much Power a Drag Queen Can Have.”

by Christopher Barbosa

Using Art to Change Minds: “I Realized How Much Power a Drag Queen Can Have.”

Hello. My name is Christopher Barbosa. I am Mission, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley. I was about four or five years old. I was in daycare. My mom was a business woman at the time. ...

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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: 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: Rosa Manriquez On Overcoming Homophobia & Fighting For A Brighter Future.

by Rosa Manriquez

Story Update: Rosa Manriquez On Overcoming Homophobia & Fighting For A Brighter Future.

Nathan: Welcome to this week’s Story Update, where we’re going to be speaking with Rosa Manriquez. And before we do, let’s take a look at her story. Rosa: I’m Rosa Manriq...

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Story Update: Antonio Cerna Discusses Family, Gender Expectations & The Arc of Progress In The LGBTQ Movement.

by Antonio Cerna

Story Update: Antonio Cerna Discusses Family, Gender Expectations & The Arc of Progress In The LGBTQ Movement.

Nathan: Welcome to this week’s Story Update. This week is especially special because we’re speaking with the second storyteller ever on I’m From Driftwood, Antonio. So first...

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Gay Puerto Rican Learns To Embrace Both His Sexuality And His Ethnicity. “I Feel More Balanced.”

by William Perez

Gay Puerto Rican Learns To Embrace Both His Sexuality And His Ethnicity. “I Feel More Balanced.”

My name is William Perez and I’m from Brooklyn, New York. I went to Cornell University in 1987. I struggled my first semester so much that I had straight Fs and one D. So I was s...

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