I'm From Driftwood

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After Standing Up to Abusive Father, Gay Immigration Lawyer Dedicates His Career to Helping Others.

by Will

After Standing Up to Abusive Father, Gay Immigration Lawyer Dedicates His Career to Helping Others.

My name is Will, I’m from Houston, Texas.  From an early age, I realized I was different and didn’t fit in with other children my age. I loved the color purple and for...

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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’m a Son. I’m a Gay Man. I’m a Teacher. I’m a Christian.” Gay Man Learns to Embrace His Whole Self.

by Patrick Tirino

“I’m a Son. I’m a Gay Man. I’m a Teacher. I’m a Christian.” Gay Man Learns to Embrace His Whole Self.

I’m Patrick Tirino. I’m from Astoria, New York. I always knew I was gay from a very, very small age. I could vividly remember a picture that’s still in my mother&So then I start working. I get a job as a teacher. Christmas approaches of that year and as most Italian families, the holidays are a big deal. I was like, how am I not spending a ...

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Gay Activist Comes Out to Parents Before the Local News Does It for Him.

by Kris Banks

Gay Activist Comes Out to Parents Before the Local News Does It for Him.

My name is Kris Banks and I’m from Alvin, Texas. So I was in law school, but I was also getting pretty heavily involved in local politics. I was starting to work with some ofSo after just a couple days after that is when I went home and was kind of living my life. And just January… The January caucus meeting came. I think I was still in the sling...

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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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Flirty Butt Grab During “Godspell” Leads To “Bright, Light, & Wonderful” Perspective on Gay Life.

by Daniel Holland

Flirty Butt Grab During “Godspell” Leads To “Bright, Light, & Wonderful” Perspective on Gay Life.

My name’s Daniel Holland. I’m from Clear Lake, Texas.  It was in 1998. It was, like,  butt cut season at Clear Lake High School. I was in my shell necklace, my cargo ...

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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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by Leon Yuan

From Texas to Taiwan, Gay Man Overcomes Fear By Coming Out Again and Again

Hi, I’m Leon Yuan. I grew up in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. As a teenager growing up in Taiwan, I always knew I was gay. My biggest fear at the time was that if I were to come out to ...

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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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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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Gay Sex Worker Finds Confidence In Himself & His Work. “What Is There To Be Ashamed Of?”

by Tomik Dash

Gay Sex Worker Finds Confidence In Himself & His Work. “What Is There To Be Ashamed Of?”

My name is Tomik Dash. I am from Brooklyn, New York. Nine years ago, I was living in London, England. I went there on the plan to be there for two weeks. All these things started h...

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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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