Launched in the Spring of 2009, ImFromDriftwood.com collects and shares true lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender stories from all over the world to help LGBT youth realize they’re not alone. In the Fall of 2010, the IFD crew is embarking on an ambitious 4-month, 50-state Story Tour to collect and share more LGBT stories from the smallest towns and biggest cities across America. IFD claims LGBT people are everywhere. Now they’re out to prove it.

The Story Tour route will be created based almost entirely by suggestions made by readers. In many towns along the way, IFD will have Reading Events, where they will read stories from the site as well as show Video Stories.

I’m From Driftwood is a 501(c)(3)-pending organization and is accepting donations to help fund the Tour as well as future projects that will continue their mission of collecting and sharing LGBT stories.

THE STORY TOUR CREW

Nathan Manske

Nathan Manske is the creator and editor of the LGBT true-stories site I’m From Driftwood. He is indeed from Driftwood, Texas, but has lived in Brooklyn, New York, since 2003. Before creating I’m From Driftwood, he spent 4 years as a full-time copywriter, which allowed him to combine his personal passions with his profession. His Chemistry.com television commercials raised awareness as well as eyebrows by taking on eHarmony’s discriminatory policies towards gays and lesbians. eHarmony has since changed their policies. He also found a way to actually get paid for being a geek by writing the third X-Men film’s interactive website for 20th Century Fox. Nathan received an Advertising degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Marquise Lee

img_0116bProduced under his newly founded company, Crush Deviant Media, Marquise Lee serves as director and editor of the I’m From Driftwood original Video Stories. Raised in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas, Marquise currently resides in Philadelphia where he is employed as a video producer & encoding technology specialist for Comcast Interactive Media. A video artist/filmmaker for nearly 10 years, Marquise has screened many of his works on broadcast television, in academic settings and at film festivals across the nation.

Nick Manske

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When he’s not driving his gay brother and gay friend to all 50 states, Nick lives and doodles in New York City. As a freelance illustrator, he’s worked for several advertising agencies where he was a part of projects for clients like ESPN, Comedy Central, Miller Lite, and other major corporate companies whose products you use every day. He also does storyboards for short films and music videos, draws comic strips, and has illustrated several album covers.

His latest project is a coloring book titled ‘Animals of Iraq’. Beautiful animals indigenous to the middle east are juxtaposed with horrific scenes of the war. It’s a coloring book that is not quite for children. He received a 2008 Regrant Award from the Brooklyn Arts Council.

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