Nathan Manske’s LGBT Story Archive “I’m From Driftwood” Made The Decade Mark

Pennsylvania Congressman Brian Sims talking to I’m From Driftwood in 2010 / Screenshot via YouTube @ImFromDriftwood

I’m From Driftwood is celebrating a decade of telling LGBTQ stories.

I’m From Driftwood is a non-profit organization that has been documenting LGBTQ stories for the past ten years. They interview LGBTQ people from across the United States of America to tell their stories of coming out, falling in love, fighting hate, and more.

The organization, founded by Nathan Manske, was created in March, 2009. At the time, Manske wanted to chronicle the American LGBTQ experience.

“The main message we started with was to help LGBT youth in small towns realize they’re not alone,” said Manske to NBC in 2016.

“I was thinking about a photo of Harvey Milk [where] he’s holding a sign in the San Francisco Pride March that reads ‘I’m from Woodmere, New York.’ And I was like, ‘Why is Harvey Milk — the first openly gay elected official in the country — known for being in San Francisco, saying he’s from this town that no one has ever heard of?’ he explained.

“To me, that meant [LGBTQ] people are everywhere. They’re not just in San Fransisco or New York or Chicago — they’re everywhere, and they’re even from Driftwood, Texas. And that would have meant so much to me as a gay teenager,” explained Manske.

And over the past decade he has done so by publishing 576 stories. Collectively, I’m From Driftwood’s YouTube channel has collected over 17 million views and has been a steeple for telling LGBTQ stories.

In honor of their decade long run, we’ve collected a few of their most popular videos down below.

In addition, our friends over at Queerty got an interview with Nathan Manske to talk about a few of his videos and his work for the organization. You can find that interview by clicking the link here.

Congratulations to I’m From Driftwood. Here’s hoping for another 10 years and more.

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