“I’m From Driftwood” Digs Deeper Into The African-American Gay Experience

I’m From Driftwood, Nathan Manske’s queer storytelling project, is launching the Community Spotlight Initiative today. The idea is to highlight different underrepresented segments of the LGBT community each week.

The first series is a Black Community Spotlight, running through February 10 and including interviews with trans actress/activist Laverne Cox and spoken-word artist/storyteller Khary. In the debut clip above, Manske interviews gay artist/filmmaker Stephen Winter, director of Chocolate Babies and various queer shorts.

Manske first started IFD after watching Milk and seeing an image of Harvey Milk carrying a sign that read “I’m From Woodmere, NY.”  Realizing the power of the LGBT community in small towns and big citis alike, he and his team  joined the riders of the AIDS/LifeCycle and traveled the country on a 50-state story-collection tour.