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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Queer Woman with brown hair, glasses, and golf hoop earrings smiles at the camera. She is wearing a button up shirt with tigers on it sitting in a blue chair.

by Rachel Reyes

Queer Woman Shares Her Path to Parenthood: “Being Queer Wasn’t Going to Stop Me from Being a Mother.”

My name is Rachel Reyes. I’m from Sicklerville, New Jersey. I’ve known since I was a kid, maybe 16, that I wanted to be a mother. I always used to say that I wanted sev...

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Swipes Right, Finds Love: Queer Undocumented Woman Falls in Love & Finds Herself Along the Way.

by Tashi Sanchez-Llaury

Swipes Right, Finds Love: Queer Undocumented Woman Falls in Love & Finds Herself Along the Way.

My name is Tashi Sanchez-Llaury and I am from Trujillo, Peru. It was after another breakup with another cishetero man. I personally think that it was a big rebound, but I think I t...

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“I Didn’t Have a Good Outcome With My Family.” Nonbinary Person Overcomes Challenges To Live Authentically.

by Ley

“I Didn’t Have a Good Outcome With My Family.” Nonbinary Person Overcomes Challenges To Live Authentically.

My name is Ley and I’m from the Dominican Republic.  I was 15, 14 when I told my mother for the first time that I was bisexual, because that’s the language that I have...

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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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